1772 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Butler

Anonymous, in "Ode to Independence" Two Lyric Essays (1772) 20-21.



Behold another tuneful Wight,
Whose Fancy form'd the wondrous Knight,
A mirthful Bard of comic Fame,
(The Muse must smile at BUTLER'S Name:)
Oh may we all his Zeal defend,
Who strove his Country's Faults to mend,
For him as well the Laurel grows,
As him who quells a Nation's Foes;
To Patriots is the Wreath decreed—
Not less the Bard's than Victor's Meed.
Yet tho' he saw on Albion's Shore,
When civil Discord rag'd no more,
A State o'erwhelm'd, and prostrate lie
In all the Tide of Luxury,
And tho' a listless Monarch lov'd
The Verse, that all Mankind approv'd,
His ever adverse Stars denied
Life's smallest Wants to be supplied.