1773 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Gray

H. S., "Verses written under an Ode of the late deceased Mr. Gray, by Mr. H. S. a young Gentleman also deceased" 1770 ca; Weekly Magazine or Edinburgh Amusement 19 (28 January 1773) 146.



So sings the bard, whose smooth unlabour'd lay
Enchants the soul, and soothes each care away,
Whether on eagle wing he takes his flight
Aloft to heav'n, and gains Pindaric height,
Or underneath the beechen boughs he lie,
And view the proud and great with pitying eye;
Or pensive stray when night begins her reign,
And o'er th' unhonour'd dead pour forth his plaintive strain.