1788 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Nichols

Henry Francis Cary, "Sonnet" Gentleman's Magazine 58 (front-matter, 1788) ii.



URBAN, thy Volume, where Instruction join'd,
In happy mixture with Delight appears,
Shall still continue, through revolving years,
T' improve and captivate the human mind,
When all its Rivals have been long consign'd
To dark oblivion; — if serene it steer
Free from dire Party's rock; nor by the sneer
Of Malice (from such base alloy refin'd)
Its worth depresses. While impartial Fame
To thy chaste toils allots this meed of praise,
May kind Success attend thy gen'rous aim,
And, to assist those toils through future days,
The lofty verse another SEWARD build,
His mighty pen another JOHNSON wield!
M—s.
Dec. 31, 1788.