1800 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Richard Owen Cambridge

George Hardinge, "The Vale of Years. To Mr. Cambridge" 1800 ca.; Hardinge, Miscellaneous Works (1818) 2:103-04.



The "Vale of Years" — no date for you:
Which is the eldest of the two?
Repuls'd and baffled in my scent,
Ev'n I can play with my descent:
But you, with spirit, grace, and skill,
Can fly across and round the Hill;
No precipice with toil assail,
But ever distant from THE VALE.
Your intellect as bright and clear
As Murray's in his eightieth year;
You are the Titian of the mid,
Whose colours never have declin'd;
In you Saint Evremond appears,
Whom sense adorns, and wit endears;
A Fontenelle in grace of youth,
Poetic taste, and moral truth;
As ready and as debonnaire,
Though a good Christian, as Voltaire;
But, older still than all of these,
You interest, reform, and please:—
A Bard, a Moralist, and Sage,
As old — as the Augustan age.