1750 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Dodd

Anonymous, "To Mr. Dodd, on his intended Translation of Callimachus" Gentleman's Magazine 20 (August 1750) 372.



O thou! who, with a happy genius born!
Canst tuneful verse in flowing numbers turn;
Crown'd on thy Lincoln-plains with early bays,
Be early wise, nor trust to barren praise.
Soon by thy hand shall Orpheus' lyre be strung,
And Grecian hymns by English damsels sung.
If Britain these translated songs wou'd hear,
First take the gold — then charm the list'ning ear:
So shall thy *Libyan father smile to see
His genius meet its just reward in thee;
And own his verse to thine in culture yields,
As much as Afric's wilds to Europe's fields.

* Callimachus.