1803
ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Warre Songe. The Takinge of Jerusaleme by the Crusaderres.

The Pleasures of Nature; or, the Charms of Rural Life; with other Poems. By David Carey.

David Carey


Five ballad quatrains imitating Thomas Chatterton. David Carey, a Scotsman, also attempts the Scots dialect in several songs ("sangs") in this volume.

European Magazine: "The Pleasures of Nature, written in the stanza of Spenser, happily blending simplicity and sublimity, has extraordinary merit, and entitles Mr. Carey to a very distinguished rank among the modern British Bards. The lighter pieces consist of various Elegies, Parodies, and English and Scottish Songs. In the walk of humour, Mr. Carey is not unsuccessful, but the graver Muse has evidently the more powerful hold on him" 45 (January 1804) 57.



Yonne armedde trainne, on Bethleheme's plainne,
O redde, redde ys their pathe,
The sonne arose onne the conflict of foes,
Ande hee shalle goe downe onne their wrathe.

O! who shalle join in the dreadfulle line,
That bathe their steppes in bloode?
Alle shalle join in the dreadfulle line,
For the cause ys the cause of Godde.

Lette the infidel bands, out-numberinge the sandes,
Wyth their banners cloudde the skie,
Fearre not their host, by the Holie Ghost,
The enemie shalle die!

Ande the fowls that flie through the murkie skie,
Shalle bee gorg'd wyth the Heathen deadde;
Ande the Crescent shalle falle from the rampart-walle
Ande the Redde-Crosse shalle wave yn ytts steadde.

Thenne lift, yee brave, fearlesse, the glaive
Redde wyth the Curdman's bloode,
Ande swearre to stande for the holie lande,
Yourre Savior, ande yourre Godde.

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