1736 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Aaron Hill

Richard Savage, in "An Epistle to Aaron Hill, Esq." London Magazine 5 (November 1736) 633.



Oft, when you saw my youth, wild error, know,
Reproof, soft-hinted, taught the blush to glow.
Young and unform'd, you first my genius rais'd,
Just smil'd when faulty, and when mod'rate prais'd.
Me shun'd, me ruin'd (such a mother's rage!)
You sung, 'till pity wept o'er ev'ry page.
You call'd my lays and wrongs to early fame;
Yet, yet th' obdurate mother felt no shame.
Pierc'd as I was! your counsel soften'd care,
To ease turn'd anguish, and to hope despair.
The man, who never wound afflictive feels,
He never felt the balmy worth, that heals.
Welcome the wound, when blest with such relief!
For, deep is felt the friend, when felt in grief.