1789 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Cunningham

John Williams, in "Children of Thespis" Poems by Anthony Pasquin (1789) 2:210-11 &n.



That nymph we lament, who could foster the tear,
Whom Honor applauds, and the Virtues revere,
Is now making a circuit thro' half-peopled towns,
And led by harsh Fate 'fore illiterate clowns;
Where in heavenly accents the Passions she wooes,
With a glance of expression that's dear to the muse;
As the crowds half-observant, with apathy gaze,
Unimpress'd by her force, and unskill'd in her lays.—
Thus sweet flowrets decay, in the wilds' ruthless air,
Thus PILON was known but to madd'ning Despair;
Thus CUNNINGHAM wasted his bay-circled deed,
And charm'd rustic worth with his pastoral reed....

Mr. CUNNINGHAM, a poet and a player, well known in Northumberland.