1807 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Roscoe

Capel Lofft, "To Roscoe, Author of the Biographcy of the Medici, on his Election to Parliament" 1807; Laura, ed. Lofft (1814) No. DCXCV.



ROSCOE, to Thee opens a high Career!
Such as the MUSES Sons have seldom ran;
Such as it needs be almost more than Man
To fill with honest Fame. — Yet less I fear
For thee, the MUSE'S Voice wont to revere;
By History taught Ambition's Wiles to scan;
Feeling that Independence leads the Van
Of all the VIRTUES. — Firmly persevere
To blend with arduous and blest Essay,
The Senatorial and Poetic Bay
And CIVIC with ARCADIAN Wreaths entwine:
Cherish through Life the Gifts which grac'd thy Youth;
The Muse, the Arts, Peace, Freedom, Order, Truth:
Persist; and win new Praise from all the harmonious NINE.