1760 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Woty

Jack Sprightly, "To J. Copywell, on his intending (under that Name) to publish a Volume of Poems, intitled, Shrubs of Parnassus" Universal Chronicle 3 (23 February 1760) 64.



Blest with a Genius fertile and refin'd,
A ready wit — sublimity of mind,
To please, t' instruct — from pedantry yet free,
These, these, my Copywell, belong to thee;
Urg'd by these pow'rs — some conscious merit feel
Nor thy own worth in borrow'd guise conceal.
Spring into life — secure of publick fame,
Critics struck mute shall then revere thy name.
To Flow'rs thy Shrubs shall rise — and this the cause
Matur'd beneath the sunshine of applause.