1721 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Hughes

Judith Cowper Madan, in "Progress of Poetry" (1721); London Magazine 58 (1759) 157.



The bold pindarick and soft lyrick Muse
Breath'd all her energy in tuneful HUGHES,
His sweet cantatas and melodious song
Shall ever warble on the tuneful tongue.
When nobler themes a loftier strain require,
His bosom glows with more than mortal fire!
Not Orpheus' self could in sublimer lays
Have sung th' omnipotent Creator's praise:
While fall'n Damascus' fate, display'd to view,
From ev'ry eye the ready tribute drew.