1830 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Chatterton

Lewis Evans, in The Pleasures of Benevolence (1830) 20.



By hope inspired, by sanguine feeling flushed,
Full many a youth towards Fame's high fane hath rushed,
But felt, while glowing with celestial flame,
Neglect's damp mildew on his blighted name;
E'en thus to hapless Chatterton it clung,
Till want's keen fangs upon his vitals hung;
(So to the antlered monarch of the wood,
The panther cleaves and drains his vital blood).
O, had Benevolence beheld, when pride
The dreadful secret to her sight denied,
Her voice had bid the scowling fiend depart,
Her glance, which lightens through the rayless heart,
Relumed the beacon Hope hath planted there,
The leading star of life, the charm 'gainst dark despair.