1788 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Henry Francis Cary

Anonymous, "Sonnet to H. F. Cary: on reading his late Publication" Gentleman's Magazine 58 (December 1788) 1104.



Oh thou! who seem'st the spirit to have caught
Of Arun's pensive solitary swain;
Accept a tribute to thy solemn strain,
Thy fancy with each bland idea fraught.
Still in the mantle of this darling Muse
For minds congenial urge the lonely way,
Where but the eagle-eyed the theme pursues,
Where but by fits the eagle-eyed can stray.
In some deep gloom let Horror's eye-balls glare;
Whilst Fear, wing-footed, hears sad shrieks behind;
Let Honour's arm a pure-gem'd bracelet wear;
Pity, breathe softer than the southern wind:
So shall a Bard, whom humbler claims inspire,
Adjust his wild harp to thy polish'd lyre.