ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
William Thomas Fitzgerald
T., "To William Tho. Fitzgerald, Esq." The Sun (29 April 1802).
William Thomas Fitzgerald:
1800: Robert Southey
1802: Thomas Dermody
1809: Lord Byron
1814: Lord Byron
1814: George Daniel
1815: John Nichols
1827: John Taylor Esq.
1830: John Taylor Esq.
1832: John Taylor Esq.
1833: James Smith
1802: William Thomas Fitzgerald
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.