1745 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Francis Fawkes

William Dodd, "Epigram, occasion'd by reading a merely descriptive Poem, called Barham-Downs" 1745 ca.; Nichols, Select Collection of Poems (1780-82) 7:233.



Ye Muses, what a nosegay of fine words!
Long lawns, and leafy trees, and warbling birds,
Pinks, pansies, violets, purling rills and groves,
Genii and Dryads, demi-gods and doves.—
Then with what art the liquid numbers flow,
Like trickling fountains, gurgling as they go,
Then how each rhyme nods aptly at his brother,
And every letter linketh with each other!
So soft, so smooth, that, like the poet, we
Ne'er dream of meaning 'midst such melody.
Proceed, blest bard, proceed! and pour along
Thy pleasing insipidity of song;
So shall Apollo, and his sisters nine,
A wreath of poppies round thy temples twine.

* Under this name the writer sarcastically laughs at "Bramham-Park," a poem by the late Mr. Fawkes. D. [John Duncombe]