1790 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. Henry Harington

Anonymous, "Mr. Warton" Derby Mercury (19 August 1790).



The late Laureat, Mr. Warton, hearing that Mr. Nason, Rector of Stratford-upon-Avon, had given an elegant cup and ink-stand, made out of Shakespeare's mulberry-tree, to Dr. H******n, he sent word to his old fellow Oxonian, that he would soon visit Bath; pour a libation of sack from the goblet, to the immortal memory of the great Bard; and write his next Ode out of the ink-stand; but whilst such things were "To be," — DEATH cry'd "NOT to be." — The ink-stand was to have been presented to the Laureat, with the following invocation written on the cover:—

FRUCTU COGNOSCITURE ARBOR.
Sweet Relick! sprung from immortality;
Spirit divine! some glowing breast inspire
With kindred passion, and congenial fire;
The golden fruit, from some new scion raise,
And on thy Mulberry ingraft thy bays.