1785 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. Mark Akenside

H. S., in "An Epistle to William Hayley, Esq." European Magazine 8 (November 1785) 385.



In classic pride bold Akenside may claim
A place distinguish'd on the roll of Fame.
What splendid diction dignifies the lay
That paints Imagination's pleasing sway!
But when the lyre's sweet chords his fingers press'd,
The flame of Fancy seem'd to leave his breast:
Not Pindar, glowing with celestial fire,
But sober Solon seems to strike the lyre.