1751 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Hester Mulso Chapone

Thomas Edwards, "Sonnet to H. M." 1751; Canons of Criticism (1765) 330.



Sweet Linnet, who from off the laurel spray
That hangs o'er Spenser's ever sacred tomb,
Pour'st out such notes as strike the Woodlark dumb,
And vie with Philomel's inchanting lay;
How shall my verse thy melody repay?
If my weak voice could reach the age to come,
Like Colin Clout's, thy name would ever bloom
Through future times; unconscious of decay:
But such frail aid thy merits not require;
Thee Polyhymnia, in the roseate bowers
Of high Parnassus, 'midst the vocal throng
Shall glad receive, and to her tuneful lire
Present; where, crown'd with amaranthine flow'rs,
The raptured choir shall listen to thy song.