1820 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bernard Barton

X., "To Bernard Barton, on the publication of his last Poem, A Day in Autumn" The Literary Gazette (7 December 1820) 795.



Though I am wedded to far other lore,
And far severer, than the muse requires:
Friend! — I rejoice in Feeling's every pore,
At the pure fame of thy devout desires.
Some Bards have kindled their too brilliant fires,
At the gross altar, and unhallowed hearth;
Thou hast been joined to more exalted choirs,
And, uninspired to sing our second birth,
Hath poured the ointment of thy praise upon the joys of earth.