1777 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Warton

Anonymous, "Sonnet. To Mr. Warton on his Ode on Arthur's Grave, written at Karn-Bre, a Druid Temple in Cornwall" St. James's Magazine (25 December 1777).



O WARTON! listen to a Druid's Voice,
From this lorn Hill, that own'd a sacred Throng;
Thy Strains, on Arthur's Fate, our Ghosts rejoice,
The Monarch's hovering Shade applauds the Song:
Lo, with our Harps at Eve we chaunt thy Praise,
Who lov'st the rude Remains of ancient Days!
A Minstrel, frequent on the grey Stone sings,
(The Stone that covers many a Druid-Urn)
Oft for our Deaths he darkling sweeps the Strings,
And wakes the Spectre of yon Rock to mourn.
Sweet Bard of Charwell! hear his whisper'd Woe,
And snatch our Story from the Sithe of Time:
So shall new Wreaths of Holy Misletoe
Our Brows adorn, obedient to thy Rhyme!