1811 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Capel Lofft

John Taylor Esq., "Sonnet, respectfully inscribed to Capel Lofft, Esq." The Monthly Magazine 31 (July 1811) 553.



Ah! faintly Fancy pictures to my view
Th' accustom'd grove where Lofft is wont to spend
The pensive hour, accomplishing some end,
That may the lowly peasant's joys renew;
And much I wish to pay the tribute due
To him, whose precepts gen'rous deeds commend;
The Muse's patron, and the Poet's friend,
The poor man's guardian from Oppression's crew.
Accept then, Lofft! the tributary lay,
From one untutor'd in scholastic lore;
Whose humble aim, to gain the right pathway,
That leads to Learning's truly valu'd store;
May hope in thee to find the genial ray
Of approbation, gleam till life is o'er.