1786 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Jackson Pratt

Cantabrigiensis, "To the Author of the Triumph of Benevolence" Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser (4 October 1786).



What Muse sublime, of Angel birth,
Rides the pure sun-beam down to earth?
Doth Gray forsake the seraph choir
To strike again the lofty lyre?
Or he to whom that lyre was given,
When Gray's blest spirit sought its heav'n,
Mason, doth Mason pour the lay,
Congenial to his darling Gray?
Or does philanthropy herself descend
To grace "the pris'ner and the mourner's friend!"

Ah Muse sublime, all hail thy art,
Which triumphs o'er the yielding heart!
Ah Muse sublime, whose Angel wing,
Drops dew from a celestial spring!
O Helicon, surpassing thee,
Pure fountain of humanity!
The spirit of the isle shall rise,
And greet thy passage to the skies;
And fair Benevolence herself reward,
The tuneful triumphs of her Howard's bard.