1729 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

James Thomson

Richard Savage, in The Wanderer (1729) 23.



Retirement thus presents my searchful Thought,
What Heav'n inspir'd, and what the Muse has taught;
What YOUNG Satiric, and Sublime has writ,
Whose Life is Virtue, and whose Muse is Wit.
Rapt I foresee thy MALLET'S early Aim
Shine in full Worth, and shoot at length to Fame.
Sweet Fancy's Bloom in FENTON'S Lay appears,
And the ripe Judgment of instructive Years.
In HILL is all, that gen'rous Souls revere,
To Virtue, and the Muse for ever dear:
And THOMSON, in this Praise, thy Merit see,
The Tongue, that praises Merit, praises thee.