1792 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Chatterton

Mr. Emett, "Sonnet, supposed to be written by Chatterton" Poems, chiefly by Gentlemen of Devonshire and Cornwall (1792) 1:188.



Unhappy he, whose pensive reed still rues
The cruel sway of unrelenting fate;
Who, when soft smiling scenes of joy he views,
Can but contrast them with his wretched state;
To whom, in forming, Nature deign'd to impart
Those gifts the gentle Muses hold the first,
A glowing fancy, and a feeling heart;
But gifts, in adverse fortune, how accurst!
To faithful love who well could tune his voice,
But where's the sympathizing fair to attend?
Whose liberal bosom pants to make a choice
To friendship sacred, yet can meet no friend—
Nay worse, though unoffending, seems to find
Conspiring enemies in all mankind!