1813 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Park

Edward Thurlow, Poems (1813) appendix, p. 88.



Park, in whose virtues, measured in thy song,
The World delights, and aftertimes shall joy,
How shall I my too-bounded date prolong?
How with best skill my passing years employ?
Thy science well improv'd, and native wit,
Still subject to the perfect use of good,
Have taught us what to seek, and what to quit,
If virtue in thy verse be understood:
Each sentence is an image of thy mind,
Clear, capable of thought, and well indued
With fancy of pure growth, and thrice-refin'd;
Then be thy thought in this thy book pursued:
If in Diana's fountain we not spy
Th' o'er-peering Jove, the fault in us doth lie.