1798 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir William Jones

Thomas James Mathias, in Pursuits of Literature (1798) 359.



He too, whom Indus and the Ganges mourn,
The glory of their banks, from Isis torn,
In learning's strength is fled, in judgment's prime,
In science temp'rate, various, and sublime;
To him familiar every legal doom,
The courts of Athens, or the halls of Rome,
Or Hindoo Vedas taught; for him the Muse
Distill'd from every flow'r Hyblaean dews;
Firm, when exalted, in demeanour grave,
Mercy and truth were his, he lov'd to save.
His mind collected; at opinion's shock
JONES stood unmov'd, and from the Christian rock,
Coelestial brightness beaming on his breast,
He saw THE STAR, and worshipp'd in the East.