1760 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Francis Fawkes

A. H. Junior, "On Reading Mr. Fawkes's Translation of the Greek Poets" 1760 ca.; Nichols, Select Collection of Poems (1780-82) 8:94.



Fawkes, to thy classic fame new trophies rise,
And various tongues applaud thy venturous song,
To thee the strains of gratitude belong,
To thee, the laurels of thy bold emprize!
See Apollonius' venerable shade
To thee commits his Argonautic lyre,
To sing how Jason caught th' heroic fire,
And how the threatening flood Medea stay'd!
Hail, Apollonius of a later day!
Hail, blithe Anacreon, Bion, Moschus, hail!
Each at thy birth, propitious, mark'd thy way,
And smooth'd thy paths thro' Cray's sequester'd vale:
Around thy grave may flowers spontaneous spring,
May Fairies dance, and Philomela sing!