1882 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Lunt

Epes Sargent, in Harper's Cyclopaedia of British and American Poetry (1882) 621.



Lunt was born in Newburyport, Mass., in 1807. He was graduated at Harvard College in 1824; studied and practised law. In 1848 he removed to Boston, and was appointed United States District Attorney. He edited the Boston Courier for several years with marked ability, published volumes of poems in 1839, 1843, 1854, and 1855; also in the last-named year, Eastford, a Novel. He is also the author of several valuable historical works. His residence since 1877 was in Scituate, Mass.

Among the lyrics that "almost sing themselves" from the pen of Lunt is his Pilgrim Song, which runs to the measure of T. H. Bayley's once popular ballad, Gayly the troubadour touched his guitar. One of the stanzas from Lunt's poem is as follows:

England hath sunny dales, dearly they bloom;
Scotia hath heather-hills, sweet their perfume:
Yet through the wilderness cheerful we stray,
Native land, native land, home far away!
"Pilgrims and wanderers, hither we come;
Where the free dare to be, — this is our home."