1782 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Chatterton

Sarah Emma Spencer, "To the Authoress of the Lines on Chatterton" Morning Herald and Daily Advertiser (29 September 1782).



Hail, gentle Maid, accept the thanks sincere,
Of one to whom poor CHATTERTON was dear;
Was, did I say, ah! from my wounded heart,
The mem'ry of his woes shall ne'er depart.
Let cruel critics rail, and wound his fame,
Hide all his merits, and expose his shame:
Some gentle bosoms still his worth revere;
To TASKER, happy Bard, he still is dear;
And WILLIAMS, lovely favourite of the Nine,
My hapless friend, laments that woes were thine:
Their tuneful lays in pity take thy part,
And gratitude excite in EMMA'S heart:
Nor be the generous THICKNESS forgot,
Who's rais'd a monument to tell thy lot;
To him, to all, who praise to thee have given,
Grant health, and every blessing, gracious Heaven!