1752 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Joseph Spence

Anonymous, "To Sir Harry Beaumont; on publishing his Dialogue on Beauty" General Advertiser (11 March 1752).



Beauty was wont to dazzle and surprise;
A mingled Blaze of Charms to vulgar Eyes:
Men found it's radiant Efflux fire the Blood;
Heart-felt 'tis true, but never understood:
You first dispell the Cloud that hid its Charms;
Show, how its Influence every Bosom warms:
By you distinct its Powers are all exprest;
Each in its proper, native Brightness, drest.

Thus pour'd the Sun his blended Stream of Rays
In one confus'd, one undistinguish'd Blaze;
Till Newton's Hand the wondrous Work display'd,
At once unrav'ling the mysterious Braid:
Each native Tint from the bright Mass disjoin'd;
To each its Order, and its Force assign'd.
Nature her Veil o'er the fair Form had flung;
He spoke; and Light once more from Chaos sprung.