1791 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Alexander Pope

H. O., "Sonnet" European Magazine 20 (October 1791) 305.



Thy tuneful strain, O Pope, with sovereign skill
On moral truth poetic charms bestow;
At thy command, obedient tears distill,
Or all the beauties of the landscape glow.
Fictitious forms, by thee created, still
The eye of Fancy with their glitt'ring show;
Gleams of celestial glory at thy will
Break forth, and dim the dusky realms below.
Yet are there men who, blind to ev'ry grace,
Deaf to the melting music of thy lays,
Attempt to rob thee of the Poet's praise.
In vain they envy thy exalted place;
Thy glories still with clear incessant blaze,
Bright and more bright shall shine from race to race.