1788 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Warton

Edward Pye-Waters, "To the Rev. T. Warton" Gentleman's Magazine 58 (April 1788) 347.



Thee, Warton! at whose breath auspicious smil'd
The heavenly Nine, for whom the sportful queen
Of each romantic and bewilder'd scene,
The bright-ey'd Fancy, wove of florets wild,
A fragrant wreath, to deck her darling child,
Who by her potent magic oft hast seen,
Tripping in twilight circles o'er the green,
The fays and dapper elves, when evening mild
To the pent fold had drove her fleecy train:
Thee do I hail, illustrious Bard, of fame
Renown'd, and of great Albion's tuneful quire
The chief, happy from thy enraptur'd strain
To catch some spark of bright, celestial flame,
To thee devoting my unskilful lyre.
Free School, Berks.