1716 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Jane Brereton

William Hinchliffe, "Verses occasioned by reading the foregoing Ode" 1716; Brereton, Poems on Several Occasions (1744) 23-24.



When fam'd Augustus rul'd the Roman State,
And bless'd the World with his indulgent Sway;
Around the Throne did all the Muses wait,
The Monarch's Worth and Glory to display.

Then, list'ning Tyber heard th' Horatian Lyre,
His mighty Master's godlike Acts rehearse:
The Mantuan's Bosom glow'd with hallow'd Fire,
Raising his Patron in immortal Verse.

But lo! a greater than Augustus reigns
O'er our more happy, yet ungrateful Land!
Oh! let the Muse divine, with sacred Strains,
The Madness of an impious Age withstand.

'Tis done, — Melissa wakes the warbling Strings;
Hark! how the loyal Fair, in softest Lays,
The first of Men! and best of Princes! sings,
Teaching her sweet-tun'd Harp our Sov'reign's lofty Praise.