1779 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Langhorne

William Holland, "To the Author of Owen of Carron" Dublin Evening Post (30 December 1779).



Bright, as Aurora's vivid eye,
When purple smiles adorn the sky,
And Phoebus rides serene!
As bright! as splendid were the hours!
Thy genius rais'd her magic pow'rs!
To consecrate the scene.

Dear harmonist of MARLIVALE!
Whose lays — in OWEN'S plaintive tale,
The feeling lover charms!
Sweet pity shall thy toil requite,
She'll give thy numbers new delight,
While beauty — fills her arms!

Full oft her peerless tears shall flow,
When thou — sad harbinger of woe—
Elysian visions chear!
Full oft to time's remotest date,
The tender tale she'll oft repeat,
And hold it ever dear.