1740 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Aaron Hill

Samuel Richardson, "Epigram" 1740; Correspondence of Samuel Richardson, ed. Barbauld (1804) 1:59n.



When noble thoughts with language pure unite,
To give to kindred excellence its right;
Tho' unencumber'd with the clogs of rhyme,
Where tinkling sounds for want of meaning chime,
Which, like the rocks in Shannon's midway course,
Divide the sense, and interrupt its force;
Well may we judge so strong and clear a rill
Flows higher from the Muses' sacred HILL.