1820 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Nichols

John Taylor Esq., "To Sylvanus Urban, Gent." 1820 ca.; Gentleman's Magazine 97 (February 1827) 162.



URBAN or NICHOLS, since in either name
Benevolence and knowledge we can trace,
Merits descending to thy lineal race,
Thee, friend, I greet, and with a grateful aim,
For thou hast shewn for me pure friendship's flame.
Still vice and folly in thy records chase,
Records that Learning and that Virtue grace,
And hence, indeed, "THE GENTLEMAN" proclaim.
'Tis thine to rescue from Time's grasping hand
What else in dark Oblivion he would hide.
Tis thine to join with zeal that noble Band
Who Genius aid, yet spare its decent pride.
Hail to the FUND, the boast of Freedom's land,
In whose prompt bounty Sorrow may confide.