1802 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Gregory Lewis Way

Thomas Park, "To George Ellis on his publishing a second volume of Fabliaux translated by Mr. Way" Poetical Register for 1801 (1802; 1815) 284.



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.