1724 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Richard Steele

James Heywood, "To Sir Richard Steele, on his Comedy, call'd, The Conscious Lovers" Heywood, Poems and Letters on Several Subjects (1724) 207.



O Steel! thy wondrous Scenes are finely wrought,
Enrich'd with noble Morals, and just Thought.
When Bevil speaks, or Myrtle but appears,
They both attract the Eyes, and charm the Ears,
At Sealand's Feet to see his Daughter lie,
Each tender Heart o're-flows with Tears of Joy:
And with what pleasing Elegance of Dress,
The lowest Scenes of Life dost thou express.
Judicious Thoughts in ev'ry Act Abound,
Instructive, easy, nervous, and profound.
Go on great Poet, to refine the Age,
Enrich our Language, and improve the Stage;
Thy Conscious Lovers will record thy Name,
And coming Ages will applaud thy Fame.