1786 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Jackson Pratt

Anonymous, "To the Author of the Triumph of Benevolence" Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser (28 September 1786).



If yet, O bard, unknown to publick fame,
If yet unstrung has slept thy heavenly lyre,
This single work shall elevate thy name,
High as the great can wish, the good desire.

And thou, the subject which his muse can raise,
Howard! Benevolence itself! shall own
This sentence added to a nation's praise,
EXALTING VIRTUE SHARES IN IT'S RENOWN.