1802 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Thomas Fitzgerald

T., "To William Tho. Fitzgerald, Esq." The Sun (29 April 1802).



And so, friend FITZ, thy lib'ral Muse
Resolv'd unkindly to refuse
Her tributary lay;
Content that thou, so oft her boast,
Should'st merely put around the Toast
And thy subscription pay!

The thought of such a churlish part
Proves Man but little knows his heart—
THOU quench the Muses fire!
No — when thy heart is dead to fame,
It still at suff'ring MERIT'S claim
Will animate the lyre.

* Mr. F. had signified, that he no longer intended to present his Poetical Contributions to the Anniversary Dinner of the Literary Fund; but at the request of the Society, he delivered a spirited Address, of his own writing, at the general meeting, in April (p. 350) with his usual animation.