1819 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Cook

John Taylor Esq., "On the Poem entitled 'Conversation,' written by William Cooke, Esq." The Sun (9 October 1819).



Well has the Bard, in pleasing strains, defin'd
The charms that men in SOCIAL UNION bind,
That call the Talents and the Virtues forth,
Endearing Wisdom, and adorning Worth;
Where wit, politeness, and instruction blend,
And Learning may with dignity descend:
Where All their various merits may display,
And None without improvement pass away.

Such is the Social Circle here design'd,
To mould the manners and to mend the mind:
Such are the solid Precepts of the Book,
But for the fair Example study COOKE.
T.