1779 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Warton

Anonymous, "To Mr. Warton, on the third Volume of his History of English Poetry being unfinished" Gentleman's Magazine 49 (September 1779) 464.



Why sleeps the sage, whose critic skill explores
Romantic realms, and Fancy's fairy shores?
Who bade the sylvan flowers, of native hue,
That deck old Chaucer's garden, bloom anew?
Behold, her harp unstrung, the Minstrel-Muse
The long delay with deep dejection views;
Nor heeds to twine the wreath of fair renown,
Which late she cull'd thy favour'd brow to crown.