1723 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Aaron Hill

Richard Savage, "Verses sent to Aaron Hill, Esq. with the Tragedy of Sir Thomas Overbury, expecting him to correct it" 1723; Savage, Miscellaneous Poems and Translations (1726) 77-78.



As the Soul, stript of mortal Clay,
Grows all divinely fair,
And boundless roves the milky Way,
And views sweet Prospects there.

This Hero, clogg'd with drossy Lines,
By thee new Vigour tries;
As thy correcting Hand refines,
Bright Scenes around him rise.

Thy Touch brings the wish'd Stone to pass,
So sought, so long foretold;
It turns polluted Lead, or Brass,
At once to purest Gold.