1760 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Warton

Edward Cooper, in "In Retirement. Inscribed to Mr. Thompson" A Collection of Elegiac Poesy (1760) 37 & n.



And may the sea-girt shore with freedom crown'd
Still undisturb'd protect your soft repose;
The fairy elves shall thump the hallow'd ground
In honour of your fame, till Phoebus' rays arose.

For Spencer oft indulgent thinks of you,
And eyes thee here full oft with wishful eye;
The British Virgil pays obeysance due,
And thinks for to conduct thee to yon azure sky.

* Mr. Thomas Warton. See his observations on Spencer's Fairy Queen.