1748 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. James Hervey

Anonymous, "To a Lady with Hervey's Meditations, &c." British Magazine 3 (March 1748) 128.



Whilst youth inspires, and the gay minutes fly,
These solemn pages court your curious eye:
Hervey, with beauteous strokes of beauteous art,
Regales the fancy, whilst he warms the heart;
With language elegant, and sense refin'd,
At once he polishes and charms the mind;
Sublime his thoughts, as his expressions strong,
But smooth, as gentlest waters glide along;
And true devotion glows in every line,
As in thy face the dimpl'd beauties shine.