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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
 
I. Written on a Blank Leaf of Dugdale’s Monasticon
By Thomas Warton (1728–1790)
 
DEEM 1 not devoid of elegance the sage,
  By Fancy’s genuine feelings unbeguiled,
  Of painful pedantry the poring child,
Who turns of these proud domes the historic page,
Now sunk by Time and Henry’s fiercer rage. 2        5
  Think’st thou the warbling Muses never smiled
On his lone hours? Ingenuous views engage
  His thoughts on themes, unclassic falsely styled,
Intent. While cloistered Piety displays
  Her mouldering roll, the piercing eye explores        10
New manners, and the pomp of elder days,
  Whence culls the pensive bard his pictured stores.
Nor rough nor barren are the winding ways
Of hoar antiquity, but strewn with flowers.
 
Note 1. This and the next sonnet were favorites with Hazlitt. [back]
Note 2. Alluding to the dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry the Eighth. [back]
 
 
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