1749 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edward Fairfax

William Collins, in "Superstitions Ode" 1749; European Magazine 13 (April 1788) 245.



How have I sat, when pip'd the pensive wind,
To hear his harp by British FAIRFAX strung.
Prevailing poet, whose undoubting mind
Believ'd the magic wonders which he sung!
Hence at each round imagination glows;
Hence his warm lay with softest sweetness flows;
Melting it flows, pure, numerous, strong and clear,
And fills th' impassion'd heart, and wins th' harmonious ear.