1790 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Henry Boyd

Thomas Dermody, "To the Rev. Henry Boyd, A.M." 1790 ca.; Raymond, Life of Dermody (1806) 1:248.



Juverna's tuneful boast, whose sapient skill
First bade the Muse's flatt'ring pinion soar,
Scale the proud summit of Perfection's hill,
And catch the brilliant spark of Latian lore:

Whose eye poetic mark'd each sight sublime
That sunk on ardent Passion's throbbing breast;
Cloth'd in the magic melody of rhyme,
Or in the sage's sober period drest:

Whate'er the tragic pow'r of Gallia sung,
Or what the tender Tuscan wildly wove,
Energic flow'd from your instructive tongue,
Softly to charm, and manlier to improve.

While wrapt in bold Orlando's deeds you lean,
Truant the green wood's echoing arch I rove,
Trace the small elfin-path that prints the green,
And court coy Fancy in her ev'ning grove.

Soon may your perfect labour public shine,
While Dante robs the poplar pale to bind
His guerdon with your late-gain'd bay divine;
And share a portion of his mighty mind!