1749 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Philips

Anonymous, in Westminster Abbey, an Heroic Poem (1749) 15-17.



See PHILLIPS! in whose elevated Lines,
Rich Ariconium vies with Champaign Vines.
The Muses at his Birth propitious smil'd,
And pleas'd Apollo crown'd his darling Child.
Fam'd Winton's School his early Genius rear'd
To Learning's Heights, and boasts her fav'rite Bard.
How short are human Views! their Hopes how vain!
Whilst his fledg'd Muse attempts, in th' Epic Strain,
On soaring Pinions borne, War's rude Alarms,
Embattled Squadrons, and the Clank of Arms:
Th' embodied Phalanx, rang'd in dread Array;
Death intervenes, and marrs th' unfinish'd Lay.
His golden Harp, shrill vibrating, pervades
Hell's vaulted Roof, and sooths th' Elysian Shades.