1773 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. John Armstrong

William Hayward Roberts, in A Poetical Epistle to Christopher Anstey on the English Poets (1773); Poems (1774) 105.



Nor boast wild Scotia's hills, and pleasant vales,
One bard of freedom only. While the North
Turns his broad canvas, his Siberian van,
Winnowing the noxious air; while luxury breathes
Delicious odours o'er her treacherous meal;
While labour strings the nerves, and warms the blood;
While social sympathy dissolves the soul
In pity, or in love, shall ARMSTRONG please.