1759 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Christopher Smart

W. W. [William Woty], "On hearing that the Tragedy of Merope is to be acted on Saturday Next, for the Benefit of Mr. Smart" London Chronicle (30 January 1759) 101.



Unhappy Bard! whose elevated soul
From earth took flight, and reach'd the starry pole;
Whose harp coelstial lies in broken state;
Affecting emblem of it's master's fate;
Ah me! no more, I fear, its tuneful string,
Touch'd by his hand, will praise the king of kings,
Oh SMART! to me, to all, for ever dear,
Thy friend here drops a sympathetic tear;
Nor doubts but Britons on that night will mourn
Thy genius blasted, and thy laurels torn.