1786 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edward Drewe

Richard Polwhele, "Sonnet presented to Major Drewe, with a Translation of the Military Poems of Tyrtaeus — January 26, 1786" Polwhele, Poems (1791) 221.



Forgive the Muse, nor deem her honest Line
A Strain, that might betray the Flatterer's Art
Obtrusive; if assiduous to impart
The Applause which Truth devotes on Merit's Shrine.
She marks the Feeling and the Taste that shine
Fair in thy cultur'd Mind and liberal Heart;
And hails the Lustre of a SCIPIO thine:
While thro' thy brilliant Page new Beauties dart,
Mix'd with the noble Fervor of a Soul
Where bright the Flame of conscious Honor burns!
And such a Spirit as indignant spurns
Each crouching Slave; and blots from Valor's Roll
The Homage cold mechanic Duty pays
Too regular for Blame — too dull for Praise!