1785 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Sargent

Anna Seward, "On Mr. Sargent's Dramatic Poem, The Mine" Universal Magazine 76 (May 1785) 270.



See, with Orphean skill, a Bard explore
The shades and central caves of mornless night!
Where never Muse perform'd harmonious rite
Till now, — See! hail him on the sparry floor
The mineral Druids, and each Sister Power,
Petra stern Queen, Fossilia cold and bright,
That call their Gnomes to marshal in his sight
The gelid incrust, and the veined ore,
And flashing gem. — Mark, while his Fancy's fire
Lights them as with a sun, their Monarchs raise,
To shed with splendid stars his daring lyre,
Gold, and the jewel'd stones that bleed*, and blaze;
Then charm'd they cry — "For us this lyre obtains
"High and enduring seat in Poesy's bright fanes!"

* See Thomson's apostrophe to the Sun in The Seasons.
"At thee the Ruby lights his deep'ning glow,
A bleeding radiance."