1775 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Hardinge

Sir William Jones, sonnet to George Hardinge, 1775 ca.; Nichols, Illustrations of the Literary History of the XVIII Century (1817-58) 3:11.



HARDINGE! whom Camden's voice, and Camden's fame,
To noble thoughts, and high attempts excite;
Whom thy learn'd Sire's well-polish'd lays invite,
To kindle in thy breast Phoebean flame:
Oh, rise! oh, emulate their lives, and claim
The glorious meed of many a studious night,
And many a day spent in asserting right;
Repressing wrong, and bringing fraud to shame!
Nor let the glare of Wealth, or Pleasure's bowers,
Allure thy fancy — think how Tully shown;
Think how Demosthenes with heavenly fire
Shook Philip's throne, and lighten'd o'er his towers.
What gave them strength? — not eloquence alone,
But minds elate above each low desire.