1756 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Richardson

John Duncombe, "To the Author of Clarissa" 1756; Bell's Fugitive Verse (1789-97) 6:129.



If, 'mid their round of pleasure, to convey
An useful lesson to the young and gay;
To swell their eyes with pearly drops, and share,
With cards and dress, the converse of the fair:
If, with the boasted bards of classic age,
Th' attention of the learned to engage,
And in the bosom of the rake to raise
A tender, social feeling — merit praise;
The gay, the fair, the learn'd, even rakes, agree
To give that praise to nature, truth, and thee.