1810 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Miller Waring

Clio, "Sonnet to S. M. W****g" Poetical Magazine 2 (Supplement, 1810) 339.



Genius of Gray! to touch th' harmonious lyre,
Thou favour'd vot'ry at the Muses' shrine;
To chant his numbers, and his verse inspire,
To tread his path with energy divine,
So haply skill'd; and happier yet thy lays,
Pure, unaffected, copious, and free;
My honest Muse her humble tribute pays—
"A tear to Albion," and a smile to thee.
Fain would she bear thee to the banks of Fame,
Transport thee to the Heliconian shore;
With draughts reviving, from the limpid stream,
Would fain refresh thee, and thy fate implore;
But this deny'd, so weak her feeble pow'rs,
She loves to sing thy praise — to strew thy path with flow'rs.
Brighton.