1751 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Christopher Pitt

Anonymous, in "Winchester College, by a young Gentleman now at School there" London Magazine 20 (June 1751) 279.



The Muses here their darling Pit inspir'd,
And Dobson with poetick fury fir'd;
Art perfected what nature had begun,
A second Milton, and a Virgil's son;
And Lowth, adorn'd with neverfading bays,
In these sequester'd shades divides our praise:
In this retirement from a frantick age,
We scorn the follies which the great engage;
Can see a play, a drum, a rout, a ball;
And like Demosthenes can laugh at all:
Tho' Cam, or Isis may the Muse delight,
Yet Itchin in us claims an earlier right.