1778 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Elizabeth Sheridan

Richard Tickell, in Tickell, The Wreath of Fashion (1778) 12-13.



At Fashion's Shrine, behold a gentler Bard,
Gaze on the mystic Vase with fond regard—
But see, Thalia checks the doubtful thought.
"Canst Thou (she cries) with sense, with genius fraught,
Canst Thou to Fashion's tyranny submit,
Secure in native, independent wit?
Or yield to Sentiment's insipid rule,
By Taste, by Fancy, chac'd thro' Scandal's School?
Ah, no! — be Sheridan's the comic page;
Or let me fly with Garrick from the Stage."
Haste then, my Friend, (for let me boast that name)
Haste to the op'ning path of genuine Fame:
Or, if thy Muse a gentler theme pursue,
Ah, 'tis to Love, and thy Eliza, due!
For sure the sweetest lay she well may claim,
Whose Soul breaths harmony o'er all her frame;
While wedded Love, with ray serenely clear,
Beams from her eye, as from its proper sphere.