1801 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Sotheby

Alexander Thomson, in The British Parnassus, at the Close of the Eighteenth Century (1801) 30.



But let all now give place; for lo! SOTHEBY appears,
With his rich fairy music to ravish our ears;
Whose wonderful skill has made sweet OBERON,
That elegant Epic of WIELAND, your own;
And which, had you nothing besides to, take pride in,
Might rival alone all the versions of DRYDEN.