1823 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Dermody

James B. Sheys?, "Thomas Dermody" New York Mirror and Ladies' Literary Gazette 1 (22 November 1823) 136.



Though with thy page, while warning sounds aspire,
Reflecting prudence strew the path of youth,
Yet the fond muse restores her pleading lyre,
And gentle pity wakes the ear of truth.
Veil'd be the faults, for ne'er a wond'ring age
May see the wreath of mind so early bloom,
Veil'd be thy faults, thou infant bard and sage!
'Neath the bright flowers that weep upon thy tomb.
Unfriended genius! sharing with despair
The slow and questioning notice of the great;
By passion rul'd — by want and pining care,
Fruitless thy powers, when too severe thy fate,
Too proud for earth — wont o'er its dross to soar,
Hope points thy sinking heart where pain can vex no more.
SIGMA.