1790 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Warton

A Friend, "Sonnet on the Death of Mr. Warton. Sent to the Rev. Dr. Warton" 1790 ca.; Literary Journal 1 (24 February 1803) 249.



Say, shall the muse o'er the fall'n hero's bier
Th' eternal monument of glory raise,
Swell the loud Paean of harmonious praise,
And high ambition's banner'd trophies rear,
While silent flows the tributary tear
Which to her fav'rite son she sorrowing pays,
Unstrung her useless lyre, and mute her lays?—
But, hark! a strain divine now strikes mine ear:
The sacred bard his independent fame
Shall from his own immortal verse receive!
Soon dies the warrior's and the statesman's name,
His aid if no recording poet give;
But wreaths of endless bloom shall Warton claim,
While wit, while learning, and while fancy live!