1766 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Langhorne

John Scott of Amwell, "Sonnet to Mr. Langhorne" in Langhorne, Poetical Works (1766) 1:sig A7.



LANGHORNE, unknown to me (sequester'd swain!)
Save by the MUSE'S soul-enchanting lay,
To kindred spirits never sung in vain,
Accept the tribute of this light essay;
Due for thy sweet songs that amus'd my day!
Where Fancy held her visionary reign,
Or SCOTLAND'S honours claim'd the pastoral strain.
Or MUSIC came o'er HANDEL tears to pay:
For all thy Irwan's flow'ry banks display,
Thy Persian lover and his Indian fair;
All THEODODIUS' mournful lines convey,
Where Pride and Av'rice part a matchless pair;
Receive just praise and wreaths that ne'er decay,
By FAME and VIRTUE twin'd for thee to wear.