1791 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edmund Burke

William Fernyhough, "To the Right Hon. Edmund Burke, on his late very ingenious Publication on the French Revolution" London Chronicle (19 February 1791) 175



Renowned Reas'ner! strenuous to defend
Dear Freedom's cause, and stand her stedfast friend,
To guard her from a lurking motley Band,
And point her triumphs in this blissful land;
To shew her Faction's specious crafty claims,
Trace her dark schemes, and mark her artful aims:
By Faction torn to paint a nation's woe,
For this thy strong, thy graceful periods flow:
Each candid Reader must thy work admire,
Thy genius own, and catch thy patriot fire.
In the bright workings of thy wond'rous mind,
All that exalts, all that adorns, we find.
GALLIA'S misfortunes powerful to reveal,
For such misfortunes not less form'd to feel,
Thy glowing pages strongly serve to prove,
That thy great object is thy country's love;
That thy fond wish is, that this happy land
May never mourn beneath mad Faction's hand.
In vain shall Sophists all their arts unite,
Whilst thine is Reason's strong and fairer light;
Whlst thoughts so great, so just, thy soul inspire,
Which KING and Subjects equally admire.
Stoke upon Trent, Staffordshire, Feb. 16.