1758 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Whitehead

Aonymous, "To Mr. Whitehead, on his Verses to the People of England" London Magazine 27 (March 1758) 148.



Erewhile the Muse with honey'd sweetness play'd
In soothing notes beneath the quiet shade;
The tender strains the royal ear regards,
And from the throne the hand of pow'r rewards:
But, why the vot'ry of Bellona's ear,
Why wakes thy voice the roaring Din of War?
Oh! still encircled in the smile of Peace,
In softer sounds the tuneful Art encrease;
Still, flow with native ease thy warbling lyre;
Nor e'er presuming with too vent'rous fire,
Crown'd with the Olive, to the Palm aspire.