1780 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edmund Burke

J., "Impromptu" Public Advertiser (27 September 1780).



BRISTOL! thou Seat of Dulness and of Gain,
The Foe of Genius, Worth, and Eloquence,
To Time's last Hour thy Name will bear a Stain,
For vile Neglect of BURKE'S transcendent Sense!

Yet must we own thy Conduct was but right,
For well thou know'st he was not fit for thee;
A Mind like his, Man's Wonder and Delight,
Could ne'er be made the Slave of Fools to be.