1757 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Parnell

Mr. G., in "On the Cultivation of Taste. To a Young Lady" 1757; Collection of Original Poems, ed. Donaldson (1760) 36.



Spirit and ease wouldst thou at once admire,
Laugh through the well-told tale with GAY and PRIOR,
PARNELL survey, with ev'ry laurel grac'd,
HAMMOND with tenderness, and WELSH with taste,
The soft distress of SHENSTONE'S rural lay,
The tender plaintive dignity of GRAY,
Or he who deck'd his Lucy's urn with bays,
The soul-dissolving Orpheus of our days.