1749 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Mason

C. B., "On Mr. Pope, occasion'd by reading the Monody written by Mr. Mason" London Evening Post (13 July 1749).



Thrice happy Bard, whose Worth, whose awful Lays,
Nor fear Detraction, nor solicit Praise!
Happy! whilst none thy Labours can rehearse
In strains immortal, as thy tuneful verse.
More lasting* Honours wait thy sacred Head;
Alive thy Numbers, tho' the Poet dead.
Nor need a MASON'S art transmit thy Name,
Thy Works themselves best sound their Maker's fame.

*Alluding to the Monody.