1833 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Alexander Pope

Alaric Alexander Watts, in "Envoy" 1833; Lyrics (1851) 322.



And sweet 'neath genial skies in summer weather,
To watch as now the radiant day decline;
To turn some bright, immortal page together,
Where Poesy's unnumbered treasures shine,
And Genius strews around her spells divine;
Milton's proud pomp for Spenser's sweetness leave;
Drink polish'd wit from Pope's melodious line;
With forceful Gray aspire, with Collins grieve;
Mourn hapless Auburn's fate, and Cowper's truths believe.