1781 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Warton

Anonymous, "To Mr. Warton, on the Publication of the Third Volume of his History of English Poetry" Morning Herald and Daily Advertiser (12 April 1781).



'Tis thine, o'er themes for patient toil design'd,
To throw the lustre of a taste refin'd;
To read the rolls of hoar antiquity
With fancy's feelings, and a poet's eye;
To snatch from dust the minstrel's mould'ring rhime,
And wake the British harp's romantic chime;
To form a wreath of those forgotten flowers,
That breath'd their sweets of old in fairy bowers!