1739 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Moses Browne

Richard Yate, "To Mr. Moses Browne" Browne, Poems on Various Subjects (1739) Sig A4.



When first my Muse beheld your matchless Lay,
Too fond of Fame, she'd needs dispute the Bays:
"Can't others thus excel?" invidiously cryd'd,
So snatch'd a Pen, and all her Art apply'd.
Vain Effort this. — If wise, she'd learnt to know,
Your Flights too lofty, and her Verse too low.
But she again wou'd needs attempt the Prize,
And reach those Heights where erst she saw you rise;
Again she plum'd her Wings, and strove to soar,
Again she fell, and now she strive no more:
Yet what she could not gain, she hopes you'll give,
And in your Work admit my Verse to live.