1773 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Oliver Goldsmith

Percival Stockdale, in The Poet, a Poem (1773) 12-13 &n.



The true, the great poet's dignity of soul
Scorns to usurp, or bear unjust controul;
Warmly a brother-bard's desert befriends,
Nor aims, by sordid means, at noble ends:
He will not, little GOLDSMITH-like, exclaim
Against a living candidate for fame;
Merit it's full applause he will not grudge;
In him the author will not warp the judge.
Parnassian luminaries, near, and bright,
May hurt, for him, a weak, distempered sight;
He will not sicken at the genial ray,
Nor e'er *prefer a PARNELL to a GRAY.

* [PARNELL'S] "Night-Piece on Death, deserves every praise, and, I should suppose, with very little amendment, might be made to surpass all the Night-Pieces, and CHURCH-YARD-SCENES that have since appeared."
GOLDSMITH'S Life of Parnell.