1785 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Warton

The Cottage Mouse, "Occasioned by the Insertion of an Ode for his M—y's Birth-Day on the Evening before" Public Advertiser (3 June 1785).



Methinks, inspir'd with just disdain,
I hear some liberal soul complain,
What scribbling Muse is here?
Who, heedless of the Laureat's claim,
First on the yearly path of fame,
Attempts her vain career.

But no — however weak the lays,
The heart that glows with George's praise
Abjures the mean design:
'Twas your's, ye bold unthinking few,
Unasked, to thrust in open view
This vot'ry of the Nine.

O! thou, the Friend of Milton's lay,
Well chosen to record the day,
The Monarch we esteem;
Thy claim the Muse would not debar,
Content to be the evening star,
And thou the morning beam.