1796 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Joseph Cooper Walker

Anonymous, in "To Joseph C. Walker, Esq. on his Return from the Continent" Gentleman's Magazine 66 (July 1796) 596.



Not to the social range alone confin'd,
Your noble energy of mind
Reviv'd the harmony of Tamor's hall,
Silent for many an age;
And, in thy classic page,
O'er her fall'n poets flung a richly-figur'd pall.
Why need I sing the Plan thy genius drew
To rouse their slumb'ring Sister at the view,
What scenes to charm her from the tomb,
What spells to break her cloister'd gloom?
O may thy public spirit, fraught
With all that Florence knew and taught,
With all the Buonarotti dar'd;
With all of heav'n that Raphael shar'd,
With Guido's grace, and Rosa's fire,
Brood o'er the formless mass,
The mighty outline taste,
And bid the glowing seeds of gen'rous art conspire!