1773 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Mason

William Hayward Roberts, in A Poetical Epistle to Christopher Anstey on the English Poets (1773); Poems (1774) 108-09.



Tell me, O MASON, will thy liberal soul
With tame submission hug the chain [of couplets], and brook
Barbarian bondage? Shall the Muse, who led
Thy youthful steps thro' every bosky bourn
That skirts wide Harewood's forest, and before
Thy raptur'd eye rais'd Mona's central oak,
Haunt of the Druids old, implore in vain?
Wilt thou not join, and from he gall'd feet shake
The Northern shackle? So to every walk
That thro' thy garden weaves its mazy path,
To every opening glade, each odorous shrub
That scents the horizon round, shall she conduct
Her musing votary; so shall she unfold
Rude nature polish'd, not subdued, by art,
Scenes, where thy fancy roves; and all her flowers
Steep in the living fountains of the spring,
To wreath a chaplet for her poet's brow.