1792 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. Erasmus Darwin

Richard Polwhele, "To Dr. Darwin" 1792; Darwin, The Botanic Garden (1799) vii.



While Sargent flings around his curious eyes,
Thro' every mazy region of "the mine—"
While, as entrancing forms around him rise,
With magic light the mineral kingdoms shine;
Behold! amid the vegetable bloom,
O DARWIN! thy ambrosial rivers flow;
And suns more pure the fragrant earth illume,
As all the vivid plants with passion glow.
Yes! — and wheree'er with life creation teems,
I trace thy spirit thro' the kindling whole;
Whilst with a genial splendour to the beams
Of Science, isles emerge, or oceans roll,
And Nature, in primordial beauty, seems
To breathe, inspir'd by Thee, the PHILOSOPHIC SOUL!
Kenton, near Exeter,
April 18, 1792.