1806 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Warton

G. W. C., "Sonnet. Written on reading Warton's 'Suicide'" The Monthly Magazine 21 (February 1806) 38.



Right sung the glowing bard his moral strain,
While bending o'er his seraph-speaking lyre,
His conscious bosom fill'd with hallow'd fire,
He drew the wretch by his own weapon slain!
Misguided wretch whom black despair could chain,
While to his fancy's view she held, thrice-dire,
Woes that awoke the phrenzy-kindling ire!
"Tho' fell Misfortune and her baleful train
Assail thee, bear thou still with fortitude
Thy doom, the trial of all-righteous Heav'n;
Who gives, in mercy, too, Religion blest
With sovereign balm to soothe thy soul to rest,
Not murmuring; nor dare to quench with rude
And impious hand the life which God has given!"