1803 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Jackson Pratt

John Morfitt, "To S. J. Pratt, to me and to the Muses dear; on Account of his most elegant Poem, intituled, Cottage Pictures" Pratt, Cottage Pictures (1803) 2.



When our lamented Goldsmith sought the skies,
"Be thou my Heir, beloved Pratt," he cries;
"Take this poetic mantle — lo! 'tis thine,
Congenial Poet, by a Right Divine."—
He spoke, and Penury forgot its pains,
A gleam of gladness chear'd the drooping plains.
Soon as he heard the renovated Lyre,
By Pity strung, exclaims a rustic, Sire,
"He lives — he lives — our Goldsmith lives again,
Sweetly to wail our woes in his immortal strain."