1793 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Williams

Anonymous, "To Anthony Pasquin, Esq. upon his celebrated Life of Lord Barrymore" Walker's Hibernian Magazine (May 1793) 464.



When Johnson told the world, with learned pride,
How Savage wander'd, and how Savage died;
Admiring thousands hung o'er every page,
Pitied the subject, and rever'd the sage.
With more true feeling, has your magic pen,
Copied a portraiture to model men;
To read your lessons let each spendthrift run,
And learn reflection e'er they're quite undone.
There let the thoughtless and the affected go,
T' elude contemptuousness, and want, and woe;
Morality flows lovely from your mind,
And while we laugh and cry, you mend mankind.