1782 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

James Beattie

J. H., "Verses to Mr. Beattie, on his Minstrel" Hibernian Magazine (February 1782) 104.



What beauty, Beattie! and what fire
Is this which leaves thy sacred lyre?
What angel at the time was seen,
Descending over Aberdeen,
When thou, sweet poet, wast about
The moving Minstrel to fetch out?
How nature speaks in every line!
How tenderness and truth combine,
To stamp perfection on the whole,
How the heart gladdens! how the soul
Rejoices in the genial song!
Write more, sweet poet, and prolong
The happiness, to which the heart
Thy matchless Minstrel does impart.
Hillsborough.