1793 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Clio Rickman

Joseph Ritson to Sir Harris Nicolas, 29 November 1793; Letters of Joseph Ritson (1833) 2:34-35.



We have not been hitherto able to do any thing for our friend Rickman, who sent me the other day one of citizen Paines pens, with some pretty occasional verses, which you may probably like to see. Le voila.

IMPROMPTU.
To Citizen J. Ritson.
With heartfelt joy to you I send,
This precious relic of my friend.
With this, our Paine those pages wrote,
Which all the good with rapture quote;
And which, ere long, from Pole to Pole,
Shall purge and renovate the whole;
Shall monarchy, man's greatest curse,
And all its satellites disperse,
And make our human race exclaim,
We owe our happiness to Paine!
Clio.
Nov. 22d, 1793.