1790 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Mason

Bryan Waller, "To Mr. Mason, A.M. Precentor of York" 1790; Waller, Poems (1796) 123.



MASON! harmonious Votary of the Nine,
Whose sculptur'd Lyre breathes a more honied lay
Than aught we have of Greek or Roman way;
Mature alike in verse and days, 'tis thine
The eve of life on which the Muses shine
To reach. Old Cam ne'er felt a prouder day
Than when in concert with a HURD and GRAY
He saw thy skill a deathless wreath entwine.
Alas! 'tis ours to see an Age of Brass,
When tinsel-fooleries suit the public Taste,
An Age that doth in venom'd spite surpass,
Mis-judging, envious, petulant, unchaste,
With scarce one west'ring Star to lend the Mass
A farewell beam athwart the Stygian waste.
Cambridge, Mra. 1790.