1760 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Hawkins of Oxford

Edward Cooper, in "In Retirement. Inscribed to Mr. Thompson" A Collection of Elegiac Poesy (1760) 34 & n.



Soar lyric Hawkins on thy eagle wing,
Soar to thy God and nest thyself in heav'n;
Nor further dare the muse attempt to sing,
T' elegy's sons such ardor's never giv'n.

Remain a proof to dullness grinning sons,
That poetry with reason's just pretence;
For manly reasoning to thy strain belongs,
Nor bless'd with genius art devoid of sense.

Mr. Hawkins, formerly of Pembroke College, Oxford, and Professor of Poetry. He has lately published all his Works, 3 vols. but his poem on the thimble, and the ode which he calls a paraphrase on the Te Deum are remarkably beautiful. The last may justly be selected as a specimen of lyric poetry.