1788 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Henry Francis Cary

Edward Pye-Waters, "To Mr. Henry F. Cary" Gentleman's Magazine 58 (April 1788) 347-48.



Hence, studied Art, with all thy hateful train
That warp the bent of genius, and the fire
Of fancy damp, hence! And do thou inspire
My tribute verse kind Nature, do thou deign
With thy soft power the Bard to aid, who fain,
By boundless wishes urg'd and wild desire,
Would celebrate on his unpolish'd lyre
Thy darling Cary's animated strain,
That now high-swelling rapid rolls along
With tide impetuous, now soft-warbling flows,
While Silence listens in a tranc'd repose.
Thine, Cary, is this wondrous power of song,
That, spite of critics, shall enroll thy name
High in the list of Amaranthine Fame.
Free School, Berks.