1788 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Henry Francis Cary

Joseph Weston, "Sonnet, to H. Cary and T. Lister" Gentleman's Magazine 58 (September 1788) 823.



Yet, yet your unpolluted stores withhold,
Bright buds of genius, bursting into day!
Spite of propitious Phoebus' cheering ray,
Parnassian climes are chilling — chilling cold.
Vainly ye glad th' enamour'd breeze, unfold
In vain your rich luxurious foliage, gay
With orient hues: and blushingly display
Tyre's bloom imperial streak'd with Ophir's gold!
Nor Scent nor Beauty (trust the warning verse,
Unconscious, hapless pair!) shall aught avail;
Envy, th' expanding blossom's cankering curse,
Shall gnaw; Detraction's instant blight assail
Your shrinking forms; and sportive scorn disperse
Your wither'd honours to the sighing gale.