1774 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Milton

W. H., "To the Reverend Mr. Herries" Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser (15 April 1774).



While learning, taste, and genius are admir'd,
And You by god-like Milton are inspir'd;
My willing pen a grateful heart obeys,
To give the genuine and deserved praise.
Long has our Poet been esteemed sublime,
And Fame his Herald 'till the end of time.
Various the comments on this heav'nly bard,
Yet few but Addison's can claim regard.
To read, compare, and with ingenious art,
New lights and beauties to the mind impart:
To shew what charms to Milton's verse belong,
And clearly illustrate this Prince of Song;
A man was wanting rightly to admire,
And glowing catch his favorite's sacred fire;
On Fancy's wings from hell to heaven ascend,
That all might rapture with instruction blend.
Genius for what she wished, applied to Fame,
The trumpet sounded — diffident YOU came.