1796 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Gay

Richard Polwhele, in "Genius of Danmonium" Essays by a Society of Gentlemen (1796) 546.



Tho Gay attune'd his Dorian oat,
Such as beseems a simple swain,
He only pip'd a rustic note
To cheer the solitary plain—
Where, since the Bards have slept, hath Genius wove
His many-colour'd wreath, to grace the Muse's grove?