1779 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Joseph Warton

William Tasker, in Ode to the Warlike Genius of Great Britain; London Chronicle (18 February 1779) 161.



View yonder classic band,
Your British sons, all blooming youths and fair,
In garb of Rome, with hyacinthine hair,
Marshal'd by Warton's skill, beneath his guardian care;
His mental eye may view 'mid these,
Some future Tully or Demosthenes,
Some youthful Virgil lie conceal'd,
Or Lyric Horace unreveal'd.
Rapt of erst with fancy's heavenly fire,
Why, Warton, sleeps thy tuneful lyre?
Would'st thou but deign of arms to sing,
And touch but once th' heroic string,
Ardour divine would kindle round,
"And men grow heroes at the sound."