1766 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

David Hume

John Cunningham, "On hearing David Hume, Esq. particularly admired in a Company of petit Maitres" 1764; Poems, chiefly Pastoral (1766) 229-30.



Did rocks and trees in ancient days
Round tuneful Orpheus throng,
Mov'd by the bard's enliv'ning lays,
And sensible of song!

When the bold Orpheus of our age,
With true pathetic fire,
Unfolds the philsophic page,
The very beaux admire.