1803 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Dermody

William Holloway, "A Reflection on the Death of the Poet Dermody" Poetical Register, and Repository of Fugitive Poetry for 1802 (1803) 244.



Is it for this the Muse her gifts bestows?
Is it for this the fire of Genius glows?—
O! who the brilliant stores of mind would boast,
Purchas'd, alas! at Peace and Comfort's cost?
To live the dupe of Hope, the drudge of Care—
Wild Passion's slave — the victim of Despair;
Then, whelm'd in woes frail nature fears to brave,
To sink, dejected, to a timeless grave?
Bend, letter'd Pride, o'er DERMODY'S sad urn—
Die! Envy die! eternal Pity mourn!