1822 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edmund Burke

William Cook, in The Pleasures of Conversation (1822) 78.



BURKE, whose omniscient eye surveyed around
All that in learning — morals — taste were found;
The powers of rhetoric were all his own,
To shine — convince — or legislate alone;
All turn'd obedient to his guiding hand,
And bowed submissive to his sole command;
Yet whilst we view'd those powers in bright array,
Fruits more luxuriant grac'd th' enamelled way,
Ripe in experience — ripe in strength of thought,
Now warm'd by wit and now by judgment wrought,
'Till the wrapt mind by various passions tost,
Found all its thoughts in admiration lost.