1777 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Warton

Anonymous, "To Mr. Warton on his Poems lately published" London Chronicle (1 April 1777) 312.



Warton, chief pride of Isis' sacred towers!
Accept this Chaplet, fram'd of vernal flowers;
Such as o'erhang the rill's romantic edge,
And paint the forest path or lonely hedge.
Yet to the brows, with trembling hands, I lift
A wreath so simple, and so mean a gift.
Nor can I hope, thine ear from sounds divine
Will turn, to hear the rural reed of mine.
No, matchless bard! — Enraptur'd with thy lay,
To thee this strain of gratitude I pay.