1794 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Preston

Joseph Sterling, "Sonnet. To William Preston, Esq." 1794 ca.; Poetical Register and Repository of Fugitive Poetry for 1805 (1807) 396.



Nor let Arabia boast her thousand songs,
And thousand bards illum'd by ray divine:
To us celestial melody belongs,
To us indulgent are the sacred Nine.
Pope, Parnel, Dryden, oft have sweetly sung,
Oft warm'd the heart, and drawn the melting tear;
The wood-crown'd hill, and valley oft have rung,
Angelic legions oft have stoop'd to hear.
Behold a bard from Liffy's echoing shore,
To him her choicest gifts the muse imparts,
Give the deep lyre, gives fancy's richest ore,
The tend'rest verse, and satire's keenest darts;
Whether he sings of Twiss and Murcia's maid,
Or soothes with melting airs his Clara's shade.