1763 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Mason

Richard Shepherd, in "Epistle to Robert Lloyd" St. James's Magazine 2 (May 1763) 200.



Lap me, O lap me, sweet lord FOPLING cries,
In my lov'd MASON'S tuneful lullabies;
Where the smooth line, with liquid numbers fraught,
Compensates for all penury of thought:
While skims in minuet-step soft elegy,
And plains, with heart at ease, and tearless eye.