1746 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Philips

Anonymous, in "A Bacchanalian Rhapsody" The Museum: or the Literary and Historical Register 1 (1746) 339.



Thus on the Banks of Vaga's fruitful Stream,
The Ariconian Bard, melodious Notes
Improving, carol'd; whilst one Hand sustain'd
The Tube of blackest Hue, exhaling Puffs
Of acrimonious Fume, Companion meet
Of Wine and Friendship: in the other high,
He held the palatable, wholesome Can,
With the rich Nectar of Silurian Fruit
O'erflowing, and his sweet loquacious Strings
Travers'd alternate; to the tuneful Notes
Pomona danc'd, by Scudamorean Trees
Attentive follow'd, o'er the sacred Bard
Spreading a moving Shade: th' irradiate Fruit,
Like gentle Maro's vegetable Gold,
Burnish'd the Shade: Hartcourt approv'd the Lay,
And gave the Splendid Shilling in his Purse
To shine delectable; and Harley rais'd
High on th' Olympian Hill th' immortal Bard.