1786 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Chatterton

Anonymous, "Sonnet, supposed to be written by Chatterton" Gentleman's Magazine (June 1786) 513.



Unhappy he, whose pensive reed still rues
The cruel sway of unrelenting Fate;
Who, when soft scenes of happiness he views,
Can but compare them with his wretched state:
To whom informing nature did impart
The gifts the gentle Muses hold the first,
A glowing fancy and a feeling heart;
But gifts in adverse fortune how accurst!
To faithful love who well could tune his voice;
But where's the sympathising fair t' attend?
Whose liberal bosom pants to make a choice
To friendship sacred, yet can meet no friend;
Nay worse, though unoffending, seems to find
An enemy in almost all mankind!