1775 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Whitehead

Americanus, "W. W. Poet Laureat" Newcastle Chronicle (15 June 1775).



"And Concord its best aera date,
From this auspicious day."
Birth-day Ode. W. W.

For once, friend Will, I hope thou'st told the truth,
Tho' that in birth-day odes, oft seems uncouth:
Concord may date its aera from the day,
(And Britons blush, the record to betray;)
Big with the fatal, long-fear'd, evil hour,
When tyrants would be, aim'd at tyrants power,
Flush'd with the enterprize, they brav'd the land,
'Till Concord nobly, twice repuls'd the band.
And Liberty depend, securely reigns,
While Concord in America remains;
For this kind hint, let all devoid of dread,
Reverence the courtly, pious, sage WHITEHEAD.
Bishop-Wearmouth.