1788 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Henry Headley

John Walker, "To the Memory of Mr. Headley" 1788 ca.; Poems (1809) 32.



O, Headley! when, from this cloud-vested sphere,
The guardian power thy fainting spirit bore
To realms where sorrow heaves her sigh no more;
In that dread hour at me — his icy spear
Death shook — but Mercy saw my Laura's tear,
She held his arm, and bade his rage be o'er:
Else, long ere this, dear shade, th' unprompted lore
Had flown in mournful cadence o'er thy bier.
Go then from earth, thou spirit of finer mould,
All bright in fancy's gems, arranged by taste:
Go curious Critic of our Bards of old,
Search other lays with seraph accents grac'd;
Go — and with theirs join thy impassion'd lyre—
They hear, they hail thee to th' eternal choir.