1802 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Jackson Pratt

William Mavor, "Sonnet to Mr. Pratt, on a Mental Review of his various Works" The Monthly Magazine 14 (November 1802) 324.



With thee, sweet bard! I've felt th' extatic glow
Awak'd by SYMPATHY, and trac'd her laws;
HUMANITY has taught my tears to flow;
BENEVOLENCE has urg'd the Poor man's cause.
Led by the magic of thy fertile mind
Through fields of fancy I have lov'd to stray;
Now wept fictitious woes — to gloom resign'd,
Now caught mirth's transport's from thy colouring gay;
To every touch my heart responsive beat,
And own'd a master's hand, and felt his powers complete.
But not, dear Gleaner, to thy genius bright,
Alone I pour the tributary strain;
Oft has thy converse cheer'd Dejection's night,
Thy friendly balm reliev'd severest pain.