1810 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Gifford

J. G., "Lines, most respectfully inscribed to William Gifford, Esq." Poetical Magazine 4 (1810) 15-16.



Gifford! to thee no venal poet sings
A flatt'ring, loose, and incoherent song;
Pleas'd with thy lash, my fancy curbs her wings,
And scorns to mingle with th' aerial throng!
Bless'd with the succour of thy grateful smile,
Augustan Bards the learned might amaze;
Of barb'rous trappings purge the northern style,
And give to Taste the coronet of praise!
But how shall Genius reassume her sphere,
Clogg'd as she is by indigence and wo?
How can she triumph o'er such foes severe,
Or feel her breast with inspiration glow?
Led by thy hand, she might to heav'n ascend,
And prove that still Maecenas is her friend.