1776 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Moses Browne

H—g, "To the Rev. Moses Browne, or reading his Sunday Thoughts and Essay on the Universe" Universal Magazine 58 (March 1776) 152.



Thy strains, O Browne! with pious rapture glow,
There truths divine in smoothest numbers flow.
Whether thou dost thy Maker's praise rehearse,
Or mark the planets in harmonious verse,
Still do thy energetic numbers pour
On both delight, an unexhausted store.
Sublimest flights celestial acts proclaim,
And prove each act has still its wiser aim.
Descriptive fancy charms th' enchanted mind,
And shews th' Almighty's goodness unconfin'd.

This was thy task on earth — in sweetest lays
To sing thy Saviour's and thy Maker's praise;
And, this perform'd, now quickly thou must rise
To heav'nly honours in thy kindred skies:
There crown'd resplendent in thy bright abode,
"All holy his Elect, belov'd of God."
Woolwich.