1715 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Gay

Samuel Garth, "An Epistle from Dr. Garth to Mr. Gay" 1715 ca.; Gentleman's Magazine 48 (July 1778) 312-13.



When Fame did o'er the spacious plains
The lays she once had learn'd, repeat;
And listen'd to the tuneful strains,
And wonder'd who could sing so sweet:
'Twas thus. The Graces held the lyre,
Th' harmonious frame the Muses strung,
The Loves and Smiles compos'd the choir;
And Gay transcrib'd what Phoebus sung.