1802 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Henry James Pye

Thomas Dermody, "To Henry James Pye, Esq." Poems on Various Subjects (1802) 130.



Lo! from the sacred hill's sublimest steep,
The tuneful Sisters hail thy toil complete,
Enthron'd beyond the flagging whirlwind's sweep,
Where thine own HOMER holds his cloudless seat;
Like HIM, the glories of thy native land,
A Patriot-bard! thou giv'st to deathless fame,
And, nobly, bid'st each BRITISH heart expand
With recollection fond of ALFRED'S name.
Well do'st thou dare the high, heroic rhyme,
Divinely tutor'd by STAGYRA'S SAGE,
Who, first, convey'd to our remoter clime,
Each loftier charm of his perspicuous page;
And, (while the Graces strew thy laurel'd way,)
Lend the best Comment on his best Essay.