1766 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Gray

J. J. "Lines, on seeing those two celebrated Poets, Mr. Mason and Mr. Gray, making lately a more elegant Appearance than Poets are usually enabled to do" Gazetteer and New Daily Advertiser (6 October 1766).



How's this! Has Fortune chang'd her rule,
Forgot the worthless and the fool,
And with a genuine taste and spirit
Now doats on men of real merit?
Hail bards admir'd! in plenty live,
And share those pleasures which you give.

Thus the gay rose, the garden's pride,
Displays its vest, so richly dy'd;
And smiling, as the crimson glows,
Enjoys the beauties it bestows.