1785 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Capel Lofft

Samuel Egerton Brydges, "To Capel Lofft, Esq." Censura Literaria 10 (1809) 85.



Son of the Muse, urge thy untir'd career
Right onward thro' the clouds of worldly wrong;
Thro' all the ills that round life's pathway throng;
Nor flag thy plumes at Envy's frown severe;
Nor listen to the baleful Critic's sneer;
With voice unfaultering speed the moral song;
And pour the copious stream of Truth along!
Genius shall strains like these delighted hear,
And Virtue with a swelling breast attend
Enraptur'd on the lay. The holy Muse
Of Milton's self from yonder clouds shall bend,
And on thy lyre drop fresh Castalian dews;
While Petrarch and deep Dante clap their wings,
And each in blended notes about thee sings.