1814 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edward Thurlow

John Taylor Esq., "Sonnet respectfully inscribed to Lord Thurlow" Gentleman's Magazine 84 (January 1814) 64.



O sweet, illustrious Minstrel! is the song
Thy genius fosters and thy taste approves,
Which even apathy to feeling moves,
And wakes reflection to the sense of wrong:
And such to Bards of other times belong,
For oh! their theme of Poesy reproves
The vicious; and from Virtue fair removes
Guilt ever baneful, and temptation strong.
Such thrilling rapture runs through every vein,
(For thought congenial breathes in every line,)
As o'er thy page enamour'd I recline,
That turns to pleasure all the past of pain,
And brings a fancied happiness again,
Which unenjoy'd were, but for pow'rs like thine.
Jan. 1814.