1784 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Hoole

L'Otioso, "Sonnet on Mr. Hoole" Universal Magazine 75 (July 1784) 47.



And deigns a sprite of pregnant fancy tread
Translation's walks, where Learning's eunuch's toil?
Neglect the native riches of his soil,
And there to view, exotic beauties spread?
To him, th' Ausonian bards who hither led,
And did not from the bold emprise recoil,
Nor Tasso of his epic splendors spoil,
Nor hurt the wreath round Metastasio's head;
To him, who now with rival pace pursues,
Thro' magic's realm, thro' ocean, earth and sky,
Th' unruly flight of Ariosto's muse;
To Hoole, shall England no renown deny;
And, as transplanted safe, her pride she views,
With England's tribute, Italy shall vie.