1768 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edward Capell

John Collins, "To Mr. Capell on his Edition of Shakespeare" 1768 ca.; Laura, ed. Capel Lofft (1814) No. DCCLXIII.



Capell, that Spirit of Heaven is taught, whose Care
Supplies the Wishes of the virtuous Dead,
The untimely parted; who, with pious aid
Frees the sad Ghost from wandering in Despair!
Thus taught, thus minded, did thy Zeal repair
That wonderous Pile that SHAKESPEARE'S Magic rear'd
By daring Impudence with Filth besmear'd
And Folly's daubing, foul, though seeming fair.
Great was thy Toil! Be thine well earn'd the acclaim
And Praise of all who make the Muse their care,
Friend, Guardian, just and faithful, shall thy Name
With thine own BARD, that brightest Heir of Fame,
In sacred Union live! — What Praise more dear
What Meed more glorious, can thy Labours claim!