1741 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Richardson

Josiah Relph, "Wrote after reading Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded" 1741 ca.; Relph, Miscellany of Poems (1747) 111-13.



What is it, happy Author, say,
That steals thus unperceiv'd away;
That, where but negligence appears,
Dissolves the reader into tears.

Thy pages like thy wondrous theme
Artless and undesigning seem,
Yet warmth to each beholder lend,
And fix him their and Virtue's friend.
Henceforth, ye trifles all, adieu,
Each guilty, and each idle view;
And, virtue, sole-deserving guest,
To thee, still sacred be my breast.

Yet if a lovely Fair I spy,
Like her whose shade here charms my eye,
The hasty vow, I'll break in part;
For Pamela must share my heart.