1796 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Rogers

Anonymous, "To the Author of the Pleasures of Memory" Universal Magazine 99 (August 1796) 129.



Sweet Bard of Memory! whose verse shall last
As long as Memory herself shall live,
Still may that verse embalm our pleasure's past,
Nor to one sad regret admittance give!
Enough, alas! of sorrow and of pain
O'er the day's fair face a present shadow throws!
Enough there are, who, studious to complain,
Swell the black catalogue of former woes!
Be thine the happier art, with taste refin'd,
To make mankind in recollection blest,
Cull each delightful image of the mind,
And to a wise oblivion leave the rest!
Nor from thy genuine theme in error stray,
With gloomy Dante, or with plaintive Gray.