1817 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Tennant

E. S., "To W. Tennant, Esq., Author of Anster Fair, after reading the Critique in the Edinburgh Review" British Lady's Magazine 5 (March 1817) 181.



Wise child of Genius! who, with temper'd mind,
Cheer'st hours of sterile toil with various light,
Foiling with happiest art stern Fortune's spite,
O'er attic themes dilates thy taste refin'd.
In Greece or Rome resplendent tolls enshrin'd,
Or with the Muse disports in frolic flight
Through elfin tracts sublime, — unwonted sight
To prudent modern bards of soberer kind.
Renown unblam'd attends each hardy feat,
And various crowns invite thy careless hand,
With thy compeers, whom Scotia rears to lead
The van of valour, science, taste, and wit.
Meantime one tribute from a distant land,
"Great piper," deign accept, — so great shall be thy meed.