1773 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Somervile

William Hayward Roberts, in A Poetical Epistle to Christopher Anstey on the English Poets (1773); Poems (1774) 106.



Chaste Diana's bard,
Avonian SOMERVILLE, thro' many a wood,
Down many a craggy steep, shall hurry on
Thy glowing fancy. He shall shew thee where
The amphibious otter, where the wily fox
Hides his proscribed head. Fresh from the chace
Oft shall some hunter o'er full bowls record
His verse, and with the faithful image fir'd
Exalt his loud-ton'd voice. The ecchoing hall,
Where blaze the roots of elm, or oak, where round
Hang all the shaggy trophies of the field,
Shall ring responsive to the vocal strain.