1797 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Roscoe

George Hardinge, "To William Roscoe, Esq." 1797 ca.; Hardinge, Miscellaneous Works (1818) 2:15.



Oh, worthy of the Muse-enlighten'd age,
That lives in thee, when Sovereign Power embrac'd
Enchanting Realms of Genius and of Taste;—
I hail thee as their Champion; — for thy page
Their spirit, view'd, as on a living stage
Has with a new creation touch'd, and grac'd
With eloquent simplicity, of chaste
And classic birth! — Yet other claims engage
The debts of Man to thee; — Philanthropist,—
And Virtue's friend — in social worth endear'd,—
In probity, the Bank, — at home, belov'd:
Thee in the ranks of Themis* I enlist,
And proudly too; — as if thy fame had rear'd
The Patriot and the Judge that Camden prov'd.

* Mr. Roscoe commenced his wonderful career as an Attorney.