1772 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Jonathan Swift

John Ball, in "Tears of the British Muse" Odes (1772) 26-27.



When Swift appear'd to praise my sister Muse,
His Stella's Birth-day o'er the World to spread,
How all Castalia shed for him her Dews,
And Myrtles breath'd their Odours round his Head!

O Swift! how dreadful to thy Country's foes,
How careless, yet how forceful was thy Lay!
Thy Soul undaunted, Statesmen to expose,
And blend the Patriot's with the Poet's Bay!