1798 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edmund Burke

Crito, "Sonnet to the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, written a few Months before his Death" Gentleman's Magazine 68 (May 1798) 426.



Though, with insulting view, wild Faction's hordes
Point to the spots around thy radiant fame,
The Muse, more gen'rous to thy honour'd name,
In Freedom's Page thy civil toils records.
As, at day's close, oft bold, tho' mellow'd, beams
Mark with sublimity yon fairy tow'rs;
On the proud column of thy glory beams
The setting splendour of thy ev'ning hours!
Oh, 'mid the shades that thy own laurels give,
May no unhallow'd foot presume to tread!
But British youths, by Freedom's Genius led,
Catch from thy voice the patriot fires that live;
And, at thy parting breath, one relic save—
Th' inspiring Virtue that survives the grave!
Cumberland.