1773 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Milton

William Hayward Roberts, in A Poetical Epistle to Christopher Anstey on the English Poets (1773); Poems (1774) 103-04.



Poet of other times, to thee I bow
With lowliest reverence. Oft thou tak'st my soul,
And waftst it by thy potent harmony
To that empyreal mansion, where thine ear
Caught the soft warblings of a Seraph's harp,
What time the nightly visitant unlock'd
The gates of heaven, and to thy mental sight
Display'd celestial scenes. She from thy lyre
With indignation tore the tinkling bells,
And tun'd it to sublimest argument.
Sooner the bird, that ushering in the spring
Strikes the same notes with one unvarying pause,
Shall vye with Philomel, when she pursues
Her evening song thro' every winding maze
Of melody, than rhyme shall sooth the soul
With music sweet as thine.