1712 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Sheffield

John Gay, in "To Bernard Lintott" Poems and Translations (1712) 170-71.



Where Buckingham will condescend to give,
That honour'd Piece to distant Times must live;
When noble Sheffield strikes the trembling Strings,
The little Loves rejoyce, and clap their Wings,
Anacreon lives, they cry, th' harmonious Swain
Retunes the Lyre, and tries his wonted Strain,
'Tis He, — our lost Anacreon lives again.
But when th' illustrious Poet soars above
The sportive Revels of the God of Love,
Like Maro's Muse he takes a loftier flight,
And towres beyond the wond'ring Cupid's Sight.