1778 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Richard Graves

Anonymous, in "A Panegyrick on the Batheaston Poets" Morning Post and Daily Advertiser (11 July 1778).



Nor less thro' Fancy's flow'ry way
Ingenious GRAVES delights to stray;
To him, in verse and friendship join'd,
SHENSTON his orphan muse consign'd;
And when, sweet bard, his last he breath'd,
To him his tuneful pipe bequeath'd;
And, right I ween, he knows full well
With tuneful notes that pipe to swell;
Right well he cheers the list'ning swains
That haunt the upland groves or plains;
AVON delights to hear his voice,
And CLAVERTON'S high mounts rejoice.