1784 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Warton

Anonymous, "On Mr. Warton's intended Edition of Milton's smaller Poems" Public Advertiser (16 February 1784).



No more, thou genuine Muse of Milton, mourn,
By Johnson's savage Touch thy Laurels torne!
Lo, WARTON comes, to bid new Fragrance breathe,
New Colours sparkle from thy blasted Wreath:
To lead the pensive Sage through Gothick Piles,
Where dimly gleam the many-window'd Isles;
Or with calm Mirth to view the Village-Scene,
From Hedge-Rows waving high o'er Hillocks green:
Blest with Critick's Taste, the Poet's Fire,
He comes, to tune thy long neglected Lyre.