1793 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Richard Graves

Anonymous, "To the Rev. Mr. Graves, on reading his Reveries of Solitude" Bath Chronicle (11 July 1793).



When Politicks engage your active pen,
You nobly sketch the real Rights of Men;
Order preserves her energetick sway,
And Justice reigns thro' each pacifick day.
So when you treat of scientifick lore,
All its rich treasures flow in ample store;
Its choicest mines, laid open to the view,
Strike ev'ry eye with prospects bright and new.
But when you touch Apollo's magick lyre,
You melt each bosom with poetick fire;
Its thrilling chords enrapture ev'ry soul,
While all our passions you at will controul.