9th January 1728 - Thomas Warton, 'Written at Stonehenge' writer was born

Thomas WartonOn this day in 1728 poet laureate Thomas Warton was born in Basingstoke. He wrote ‘Written at Stonehenge’. I wrote about ‘Written at Stonehenge’ in far too much detail here:

The poem goes as follows:

Thou noblest monument of Albion’s isle!

Whether by Merlin’s aid, from Scythia’s shore,

To Amber’s fatal plain Pendragon bore,

Huge frame of giant-hands, the mighty pile

T’ entomb his Britons slain by Hengist’s guile:

Or Druid priests, sprinkled with human gore,

Taught ‘mid thy massy maze their mystic lore:

Or Danish chiefs, enrich’d with savage spoil,

To Victory’s idol vast, an unhewn shrine,

Rear’d the rude heap: or, in thy hallow’d round,

Repose the kings of Brutus’ genuine line;

Or here those kings in solemn state were crown’d:

Studious to trace thy wondrous origine,

We muse on many an ancient tale renown’d.

Footnotes

[1] See page for author [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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