1773 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Langhorne

Percival Stockdale, in The Poet, a Poem (1773) 24-25.



Music, from rapture sprung, thy strains impart,
At once they charm the ear, and thrill the heart.
In them no flower, no shady tree is placed
Of barren words amidst a dreary waste.
No weak effusions thine, no sleepy tale,
Begot by LANGHORNE on his Burton-ale:
In thee no languid epithets we find,
No words, which never were combined:
Happy their bard, to find some hackneyed scene,
The crystal fountain, or the velvet green!