1814 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Hardinge

Frederick Bewley, "Charade, addressed to George Hardinge, Esq." New Monthly Magazine 1 (April 1814) 286.



Whene'er I meet thee at the sparkling board,
And welcome warms the cup by luxury pour'd;
On pleasure's buoyant lap serenely nurs'd,
I joy to see thee revel o'er my FIRST;—
I joy to see the rosy bumpers rise,
In juices richer than my NEXT supplies:
But when these fairy hours have flown away,
And night retires before the dawn of day,
With faltering heart I quit this flow of soul,
And scarce my sorrowing lips breath out my WHOLE.