1805 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Alexander Thomson

William Preston, in "To Robert Anderson" Poetical Register for 1805 (1807) 168.



I hear a poet tell, in varied song,
The fates and duties of the tuneful throng;
Now sportive, light, he comes with airy tread,
Now grave and moral, as the prospects lead;
And calls the bards, from every age and clime,
To mix in social converse through the rhyme.