1782 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Chatterton

William Bagshaw Stevens, in "Retirement" Poems (1782) 20-21.



See, later yet, and yet in drearier state [than William Collins],
Where dawning Genius* struggling into day
Sinks in a dark eclipse; no friendly heart
With love auspicious, and no angel-hand
With prosperous spell his labouring sun relieve,
And chace the gather'd clouds that drop with blood.

*Chatherton.