1784 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Mason

Dr. Warwick, "Sonnet to the Author of the Dramatic Poem of Caractacus" Gazetteer and New Daily Advertiser (20 April 1784).



Lo! at the Poet's call from ancient night
Druid, and patriot-bard, and chieftain brave,
Who bent on freedom, or a glorious grave,
To veteran arms oppos'd their native might,
When past the cliffs that break the Belgic wave,
The Julian eagles wing'd a bolder flight
To reach the bound where Thule's icy cave
Reflects the doubtful sun's declining light.
Yet, Mason! yet another task remains
To fill the trump of Albion's early fame;
Be thine to paint superior to his chains
The captive Prince before the Claudian throne,
While Rome beholds with tributary shame
The lofty port of virtue once her own.