1783 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Robert Potter

John Scott of Amwell, "Sonnet on Mr. Potter's Completion of his Translation of Euripides. By John Scott, Esq." Gazetteer and New Daily Advertiser (23 April 1783).



The tragic maids of old Ilyssus' shore,
To their rapt audience wak'd the lofty strain;
With Terror's voice the trembling bosom tore,
With Sorrow's accents gave it pleasing pain:
Sad Athens listen'd to the strain no more,
On Albion's ear its notes were pour'd in vain;
A tongue unknown convey'd the tuneful lore,
And none was found advent'rous to explain:
Yet Genius boasted oft the classic lay,
And Virtue priz'd it, for it sought her praise;
To Learning's lonely vale they bent their way;
Her Muse invok'd — her Muse the task essays,
Success attends, and Fame awaits to pay
The well-earn'd wreath of never-fading bays.