1750 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William King of Oxford

Thomas Warton, "A Character from the Triumph of Isis" Magazine of Magazines 1 (July 1750) 41.



But lo! at once the swelling concerts cease,
And crouded theatres are hush'd in peace.
See on yon sage how all attentive stand,
To catch his darting eye, and waving hand;
Hark! he begins, with all a TULLY'S art
To pour the dictates of a CATO'S heart.
Skill'd to pronounce what noblest thoughts inspire,
He blends the speaker's with the patriot's fire:
Bold to conceive, nor timorous to conceal,
What Britons dare to think, he dares to tell.
'Tis his alike the ear and eye to charm,
To win with action, and with sense to warm;
Untaught in flow'ry diction to dispense
The lulling sounds of sweet impertinence;
In frowns or smiles he gains an equal prize,
Nor meanly fears to fall, nor creeps to rise;
Bid happier days to Albion be restor'd,
Bid antient justice rear her radiant sword;
From me, as from my country, wins applause,
And makes an Oxford's a Britannia's cause.