1785 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Gilbert West

H. S., in "An Epistle to William Hayley, Esq." European Magazine 8 (November 1785) 386.



By West's sweet skill the Man of Thebes appears,
The lofty wonder of two thousand years;
To British strains, with matchless force and fire,
He tunes the chords of his melodious lyre:
We see the wide Olympian plains arise,
And demi-gods contending for the prize;
Behold each hero of distinguish'd name
Snatch, with bold hand, the sacred wreath of fame;
While all around the eager list'ning throng
Drink the rich nectar of the poet's song.