1803 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Capel Lofft

Thomas Enort Smith, "To Capel Lofft, on his introducing to public Notice the two untutored Geniuses, Wililam and Nathaniel Bloomfield" European Magazine 44 (July 1803) 51.



As oft some precious floweret lies on earth,
Say the pale primrose, or the violet blue,
While no one seeks the spot which gives it birth,
To catch its fragrance, or to praise its hue.
But should some curious florist's Linnaean eye
Behold it where it lonely blooms unseen,
'Neath the thick tangles of some hedgerow green,
No more its native charms unnoticed lie.
So thou, the Herschel of poetic skill,
Ingenious Lofft, hast two twin stars reveal'd,
Which but for thy true critic eye might still,
By their own modest lustre, lain conceal'd.
Thanks for the favour thou hast kindly shewn;
Thy name with gratitude the Muse shall own.
Ross, Herefordshire.