1812 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edward Thurlow

Capel Lofft, "To Edward Lord Thurlow, on his Gift of his Beatiful Edition of the Defence of Poesy by Sir Philip Sidney," 1812; Laura, ed. Lofft (1814) No. CCXLI.



Nephew of HIM whose Benefits consol'd
The setting Sun of JOHNSON'S mighty Day,
And who to future Times shall stand enroll'd
With ROMNEY'S Pencil and with COWPER'S Lay,
Not more ennobled that he knew to hold
The Seals of BRITAIN with discerning Sway
And aweful Power, and in the Senate bold
His Thunders pour'd, than that his Friends were they:
His Learning and his Taste thus to pursue,
His Sense of Merit and of generous Fame,
Well it befits thy Lineage and thy Name;
And SYDNEY'S high ARCADIAN STAR to view,
To Poesy, Virtue and Glory true,
And beam on us his renovated Flame.