1800 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Ellis

Thomas Park, "To George Ellis on his publishing a second volume of Fabliaux translated by Mr. Way" Monthly Mirror 9 (June 1800) 362.



The friend, whose oaten reed was tun'd erewhile
To minstrel measures, who in sylvan bower
Woo'd gothic fiction, which hath gifted power,
To charm the lone retreats of letter'd toil:
That gentle friend, who roam'd thro' many a clime
Of fabling fancy, gaz'd on tourney high,
Or antique maske, or faery revelry,
And told his tranced tale in suited rhime;
That friend is gone! — but to thy care he gave
An anademe of taste-enwoven flowers,
Which shall his memory rescue from the grave,
And faithfully record to after hours,—
That he whose aiding hand the wreath entwin'd,
Shares kindred feelings and congenial mind.