1759 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Christopher Smart

Apollo, "On Mr. Garrick's appearing in a new Farce on Saturday next, for the Benefit of Mr. Smart" Lloyd's Evening Post (31 January 1759) 111.



When Genius, clad in Melancholy's guise
No longer sought it's own Etherial Skies,
Apollo saw and mourn'd the Poet's state;
Thus to his Agent Garrick sent this Card;
"Do thou, my son, protect my fav'rite Bard,
Who from our sacred fountain Science drew,
Celestial Science, granted but to few,
Of which he quaff'd his fill, and all was well,
But seeking more, like Phaeton he fell.
Tho' for a time he's lost, we love his name,
And have enroll'd it on the list of fame;
The rest to you, my son, we must consign,
YOURS, with the Compliments of all the NINE.
Parnassus, Jan. 31, 1759.