1778 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Warton

N., "Lines on reading Mr. Warton's History of English Poetry" Morning Post and Daily Advertiser (25 April 1778).



The minstrel-bards of Albion's elder days,
Too long have ceas'd to trim their withering bays;
In vain, obedient to the clarion's call,
They chear'd the banquet in the banner'd hall:—
WARTON restores to life the tuneful train;
Wakes the lost rhyme, and strings their harps again;
His skilful hand unlocks the fairy vale,
Where ancient genius plann'd the knightly tale;
He shews the wreaths, mark'd with romantic hue,
Of old, to Valour, — and to Beauty due!