1765 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Lyttelton

William Kenrick, "Verses on reading Lord Lyttelton's New Dialogues of the Dead, and seeing his Lordship's Picture at Worlidge's" St. James's Chronicle (12 December 1765).



Art these the Dialogues of the Dead?—
The Speakers are alive,
And say, what, Ages past, they said,
Again in Sixty-five.

Such Converse charms in ev'ry Page,
No wonder all admire it:
'Tis strange though, where, in this dull Age,
His Lordship should acquire it.

He deals not with the Devil, they say,
Yet I was once in Doubt;
But in Great Queen Street, t' other Day,
I found the Secret out.

Calling at Worlige's, behold
The Man, to rise unable;
Yet, rais'd by him, the Dead of old,
Were rang'd about the Table.

Above him, just about to write,
With Countenance observant,
Lord Lyttelton sat, full in Sight—
"My Lord, your humble Servant."

Touch'd by the Artist's curious Hand,
Each venerable Antique
So looks, his Thoughts you understand,
And think you hear him speak.

Can then his Lordship fail to write,
As ancient Sages say,
The Gems of Worlidge in his Sight
Remaining Night and Day?
W. K.