1773 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. Mark Akenside

William Hayward Roberts, in A Poetical Epistle to Christopher Anstey on the English Poets (1773); Poems (1774) 108.



Come, AKENSIDE, come with thine Attic urn
Fill'd from Ilyssus by a Naid's hand.
Thy harp was tun'd to freedom: strains like thine,
When Asia's lord bor'd the huge mountain's side,
And bridg'd the sea, to battle rous'd the tribes
Of ancient Greece: the sons of Cecrops rais'd
Minerva's aegis; Lacedaemon sent
Her hardy veterans from their frugal board,
Thy troops, Leonidas; whose glorious death
Stands ay renown'd, fit theme, in British song.