1785 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Jackson Pratt

Richard Polwhele, "To Mr. Pratt, on reading his Landscapes in Verse" 1785; Polwhele, Poems (1791) 219.



Whilst with luxuriant Pride his LANDSCAPE flows
That speaks the Efforts of an Artist's Hand,—
And (tho' the unfinish'd Groupes obscurely stand)
In rich warm Tints the new Creation glows—
At Orient Morn, or Evening's mellow Close
A sweet Elysium, or a fairy Land;—
Whilst tho' the Still-Life Scene CLEONE throws
The Heart's enchanting Int'rest, 'mid the Band
Of Innocence and Youth and sighing Love
And rustic Joy; — shall not my ruder Lay
(Calm o'er my Bosom if Complacence move)
To its inspiring Source fond Homage pay?
And, tho' unblest by kindred Genius, prove
That kindred Feeling sheds as kind a Ray?