1740 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

David Mallet

Aaron Hill, "To David Mallet, Esq; on a mistaken Supposition that I had forgot him" 1740 ca.; Hill, Works (1753-54) 4:72-73.



Wit, like yours; — and yet forgot?
Dreamy doubt? believe it not.
Faith, in silence, loves to dwell,
Fill'd with sense, it shuns to tell.
Shoaly waters loudest dash;
Distant light'nings longest flash:
Spare pretence's empty drum,
Deepest joys are, oft'nest, dumb;
Bodies part — but mutual mind
Stretch'd immense, continuous join'd,
Ever tangent, always seen,
Souls embrace, with world's between.
Pride, indeed, avows it fit,
Men, forgotten, should forget:
Reason more to justice owes;
Reason loves — because it knows.
Debt can ne'er for traffick stay;
Unreceiving, it, must pay:
Taste of other's worth — shou'd none
Lend a weight, to aid our own—
Don't, howe'er, the balance fail,
Toss in self to turn the scale.