1740 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Philips

William Somervile, in Hobbinol, or the Rural Games (1740) 3-4.



O Thou! who late on VAGA'S flow'ry Banks
Slumb'ring secure, with Stirom well bedew'd,
Fallacious Cask, in sacred Dreams wert taught
By antient SEERS, and MERLIN Prophet old,
To raise ignoble Themes with Strains sublime,
Be thou my Guide! while I thy Tract pursue
With Wing unequal, thro' the wide Expanse
Advent'rous Range, and emulate thy Flights.