1783 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Alexander Pope

Edwin, "Verses written on a Blank Leaf of Pope's Moral Essays" Edinburgh Weekly Magazine 57 (18 September 1783) 366.



"A Wit's a feather, and a chief's a rod,
An honest man's the noblest work of God."
Thus singing the melodious bard retir'd,
His bosom with celestial vision fir'd,
To yonder blest realms of tranquil love,
There laurel'd lies in amaranthine grove;
While to his lyre accords the voice of joy,
And love and rapture ev'ry hour employ.
Edinburgh, September 1783.