1821 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bernard Barton

Anonymous, "To Bernard Barton, on the favourable Notice of his Poems in the Edinburgh Review" London Magazine 3 (March 1821) 303.



The Critic's praise is just. — His liberal hand
For thee a lovely wreath has fitly twined;
While round thy brow its modest flowers expand,
Be hopes of brighter guerdon all resign'd.
Ah! where couldst thou more dear encomium find,
Than thus with COWPER'S ever honour'd name,
To hear thine own compared? — May spotless fame,
Like his, be to thy future lays assign'd!—
See Youth and Innocence confess thy sway,
With pleased attention round the minstrel bending;
While the mild glories of th' "Autumnal Day"
Are to his song their sweet attraction lending:—
And now — Devotion prompts sublimer lays,
That blend with Nature's charms their great Creator's praise!