1802 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Chatterton

Thomas Enort Smith, "Sonnet to Misfortune, supposed to be written by Chatterton, a few Moments previous to his unfortunate Exit from this Life" European Magazine 42 (December 1802) 461.



Hard-fated Power! whose bosom-chilling pains
The Muse has felt, and still with anguish feels,
To me thou'st oft, with all thy luckless train,
Thro' many a hard-toil'd day, companion been,
Forc'd by Necessity's imperious sway—
Thy frost-bound soil I've friendless trod alone,
Unshelter'd too 'neath Poverty's cold zone;
Yet view'd far off, with kindly-cheering ray,
Rich Fortune's Sun bless others with its beams,
And Plenty's fruits full round them ripen fair.
But, ah! to me denied for ever seems
Fortune's warm sun and Plenty's gifts to share.
To its blest goal my spirit now repairs,
Tir'd of this world and all its vexing cares.