1793 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. George Butt

Anonymous, in "Reflections on the Revolution in France" Morning Chronicle (17 October 1793).



On the vine-cover'd hills and gay regions of France,
See the day-star of Liberty rise;
Through clouds of Distraction unwearied advance,
And hold its new course in the skies.

An effulgence so mild, with a lustre so bright,
All Europe with wonder surveys;
And from deserts of darkness and dungeons of night,
Contend for a share of the blaze.

Let BURKE like a BUTT from its splendour retire,
A splendour too strong for his eyes;
Let pedants and fools his effusions admire,
Enwrapt in his cobwebs, for flies.

Shall Phrenzy and Sophistry hope to prevail,
When Reason opposes her weight;
When the welfare of millions is hung in the scale,
And the balance yet trembles with fate?...