1789 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Hamilton Reid

Julia, "Sonnet, addressed to W. H. Reid" New Lady's Magazine 4 (January 1789) 45.



O Reid, the Muses' fav'rite son art thou,
For thee they cull the never-fading bay;
Entwin'd with laurel, to bedeck the brow
Of him who sings the sweetly plaintive lay.
Thy untaught Muse, full fraught with heav'nly fire,
Oft as I wander'd o'er my natal green,
With tearful eye, and contemplation dire,
Has sooth'd my bosom with a ray serene.
Say, shall a flaming genius, such as thine,
The chilling blasts of poverty depress?
Ah no! Philanthropy, with smile benign,
This warbling son of poesy shall bless,
Can Britain's sons a niggard boon supply?
Or can such matchless worth neglected lie?