1785 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Warton

Anonymous, "To Mr. Warton" St. James's Chronicle (3 September 1785).



Warton, the Squibs that fill the Morning Papers
Can never give thy festive Muse the Vapours;
Nor Odes burlesque, nor Odes Probationary,
Have Pow'r thy native Vein of Glee to vary!
'Tis thine, with careless Heart, to quaff thy Sack,
Nor heed the Witling's unprovok'd Attack:
To mount on Inspiration's airy Wings,
And soar sublime above the Praise of Kings:
'Tis thine, free Fancy's wilder Walks among,
Sweetly to warble thy spontaneous Song:
On Themes unbought, in future Fame to live,
And snatch the Bays that Monarchs cannot give.