1772 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

James Beattie

Anonymous, "On Mr. Beatty's Minstrel, and other Poems" Universal Magazine 51 (August 1772) 97.



Wond'ring at flights that I despair to reach,
Nor less enamour'd of so various lays,
As new to Heav'n's magnificence can stretch,
And all our senses ravish with amaze!
Anon the Muse some dazzling spell essays
Her Scotian vales to gild with unknown flow'rs,
'Till ev'ry hill reflects the magic blaze!
Then o'er her line the welt'ring wave she pours.
Last, a sweet moralist, her skill she tries
To melt, to mend, to humanize the heart,
With love, joy, harmony, to charm the wire!
While o'er those orphan babes she pours her sighs.
Aw'd as at strain of David old, I start,
Nor her own minstrel, while she sings, require.