1787 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Richard Polwhele

C. B. [John Basset Collins?], "To the Translator of Theocritus" Gentleman's Magazine 57 (July 1787) 625.



To thee, Polwhele, in friendship's grateful lays,
A rustic Bard pours forth his artless praise;
Pleas'd in thy gentle, flowing verse to trace
Doric simplicity and pastoral grace.
Rous'd by thy fame, his Muse shall soon aspire
To catch a spark of Hesiod's ancient fire.
See the bright ploughshare in the furrow shine,
And Gods adorn the long-extended line.
See Hercules his ponderous shield display,
And its own work assign'd to every day.