1770 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Parnell

Anonymous, in "Instructions to a Statuary to erect the Busts of the Irish Poets" Lloyd's Evening Post (21 March 1770) 270.



See Parnel comes; prepare the Poet's place;
Draw every virtue smiling on his face;
From Envy free, from Party, Strife, and Rage,
His face must be a picture of his page.
See by his side a little Pope appears,
And calls the Poet into future years,
Amidst the learned circle of his friends,
He stands, and Parnel's moral page commends,
The world obey'd; for Oxford heard the strain,
Nor Harley hears, nor Pope commends in vain.