1780 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir William Jones

Edmund Cartwright, "To William Jones, Esq." St. James's Chronicle (22 August 1780).



In Learning's Field, diversify'd and wide,
The narrow beaten Track is all we trace!
How few, like thee, of that unmeasur'd Space
Can boast, and justly boast, no Part untry'd?
Yet rests not here alone thy honest Pride,
The Pride that prompts thy literary Chase;
With unremitting Strength and rapid Pace
'Tis thine to run and scorn to be deny'd!
Thy early Genius, spurning Time's Control,
Had reach'd, ere others start, the distant Goal.
Marking the bright Career that thou hast run,
With due Regard thy Toils may *Oxford see;
And justly proud of her superior Son,
Repay the Honour that she boasts in thee!

* Mr. Jones is said to be a Candidate to represent the University of Oxford, that celebrated Seminary and Patroness of Learning, at the ensuing Election.