1778 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

David Hume

Anonymous, "On Hume, Voltaire, and Rouseau" General Advertiser and Morning Intelligencer (4 August 1778).



A constellation, since the dawn of time,
Of geniuses so various, so sublime;
From whose broad light but the dark bigot errs,
Poets, Historians, Wits, Philosophers,
At once in the same hemisphere ne'er shone,
Thro' self-trac'd tracts, with splendors all their own!
The sun, and ev'ry glory of the sky,
Set from the Western, meets the Eastern eye;
But who again, with rapture and surprise,
Shall see our human constellation rise?
E'er such shall rise, in brightness unsurpass'd,
Heav'ns lum'naries shall have blaz'd their last.