1776 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bp. Richard Hurd

William Mason, "To the Right Rev. the Bishop of Litchfield and Coventry, Preceptor to their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and Bishop of Osnaburg" Morning Chronicle (14 December 1776).



Still let my Hurd a smile of candour lend
To scenes that dar'd on Grecian pinions tow'r,
When, "in low Thurcaston's sequester'd bow'r,"
He prais'd the strain, because he lov'd the friend:
There golden leisure did his steps attend,
Nor had the rare, yet well-weigh'd call of power
To those high cares decreed his watchful hour,
On which fair Albion's future hopes depend.
A fate unlook'd-for waits my friend and me;
He pays to duty what was learning's claim,
Resigning classic ease — for dignity;
I yield my muse to fashion's praise or blame:
Yet still our hearts in this great truth agree,
That Peace alone is bliss! — and Virtue fame!
Aston, Nov. 12.