1754 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Lloyd

William Cowper, in "Epistle to Robert Lloyd" 1754; Life and Works of Cowper (1835-37) 8:15.



Theirs be the laurel-wreath decreed,
Who both write well and write full speed;
Who throw their Helicon about
As freely as a conduit spout.
Friend Robert, thus like chien scavant,
Lets fall a poem en passant,
Nor needs his genuine ore refine;
'Tis ready polish'd from the mine.