1784 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bp. Robert Lowth

Anonymous, "Britannia's Invocation to the Bishop of London" Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser (31 December 1784).



To thee I call illustrious Lowth arise!
In thy Poetick ear ascend the skies;
And re-illume, in the bright blaze of day,
Thy heav'nly genius dampt by suff'ring clay.
For Johnson claims the lofty verse,
The Saint, the Scholar, and the Sage.
Snatch from Isaiah's hallow'd page,
Numbers solemn, sweet, and terse,
Let thy raptur'd Muse display,
And to th' expecting world convey
My poignant grief, deep loss, and grateful love.
The list'ning nations shall thy strains approve,
And in thy kindred breast shall form a shrine,
To honour merit only not divine.