1786 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Jackson Pratt

Rev. Mr. Poleskcles, "Sonnet. To Mr. Pratt, on reading his Landscapes in Verse" Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser (5 April 1786).



Whilst with luxurious pride the "Landscape" flows,
That speaks the efforts of an Artist's hand,
And (though unfinished groupes obscurely stand)
In rich warm tints the new creation glows.
At orient morn, or evening's mellow close,
A sweet elysium, or a fairy land;
Whilst through the still-life scene Cleone throws
The hearts enchanting int'rest mid the band,
Of innocence, and youth, and sighing love,
And rustic joy; — shall not my ruder lay
(Calm o'er my bosom of complacence move)
To its inspiring source fond homage pay?
And, tho' unblest by kindred genius, prove
That kindred feeling sheds as kind a ray.