1764 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Cunningham

James Woodhouse, in "The Lessowes, a Poem" Poems on Sundry Occasions (1764) 104.



And CUNNINGHAM, whose plaintive numbers show
A heart that melts with sympathy of woe,
Accept my thanks — To thee my thanks are due,
For who is SHENSTONE'S friend, is virtue's too.
And who, that e'er his happy friendship blest,
But feels the sad contagion strike his breast?
And who, that ever felt the muse's fire,
But in his praise must wake the weeping lyre?
And who, that ever heard his numbers flow,
But felt the muse through all his bosom glow?