1794 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. Hugh Downman

William Seward, "On receiving from Dr. Downman a Copy of his Poems, inscribed chiefly to his relations and friends" European Magazine 26 (July 1794) 141.



Whilst other Bards acquire the aids
Of Phoebus and the Aonian Maids,
Ransack their heads, and squeeze their brains,
And catch a shadow for their pains;
Thy happier Muse, disdaining art,
Seeks inspiration from thy heart,
And breathes a brighter, purer flame
Than their wild fancies e'er could claim;
Embalms in never-dying lays
The virtues you delight to praise
In each dear charity of life,
The Friend, the Relative, the Wife.