1791 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Mason

Francis Garden, in "On Poetry" Miscellanies in Prose and Verse (1791) 201.



Just the reverse of a modern bard,
Let common sense employ your first regard;
Nor with rough Churchill at your species scold,
Nor yet in panegyric be too bold.
Exalt no Caesar to the bright abodes,
Or, if you must be damn'd, read Mason's Odes;
Hark how he sings, so admirably sweet,
That common sense falls charm'd at folly's feet:
To praise the poets of the present age,
Be sure you never blot a second page.