1797 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Mason

Thomas Park, "To the Rev. Mr. Mason" Sonnets, and other small Poems (1797) 22.



Brother of our poetic eagle Gray,
Thro' whose twin-soul, with fancy's splendent fires,
Science and virtue blend so warm a ray,
That Envy's self reluctantly admires.
By thee, whose praise has wak'd far other lyres,
Be my wild carol with acceptance crown'd;
Tho' faint the tone, and dissonant the wires
That seek to mix their gratulative sound.—
Tis thus the wren, when Nature's plumy band
Hail in responsive notes the orient day,
Beneath some covert takes her list'ning stand,
In fond attention to the plausive lay;
And, as each throat with trilling rapture flows,
Lifts her weak voice to swell the choral close.