1735 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Walter Harte

Richard Savage, "Verses occasion'd by the Vice-principal of St. Mary-hall, Oxford, being presented by the Hon. Mrs. Knight, to the Living of Gosfield in Essex" Grub-Street Journal (6 February 1735).



While by mean arts, and meaner patrons rise
Priests, whom the learned, and the good despise;
This sees fair KNIGHT, in whose transcendent mind,
Are wisdom, purity, and truth enshrin'd.
As modest merit now she plans to lift,
Thy living, Gosfield, falls her instant gift.
"Let me (she said) reward alone the wise,
And make the church revenue virtue's prize."

She sought the man of honest, candid breast,
In faith, in works of goodness, full exprest;
Tho' young, yet tut'ring academic youth
To science moral, and religious truth.
She sought where the disinterested friend,
The scholar sage, and free companion blend;
The pleasing poet, and the deep divine:
She sought, she found, and HARTE the prize was thine.