1787 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Hamilton Reid

J. C—w, "Sonnet addressed to W. Hamilton Reid" New London Magazine 3 (January 1787) 48.



Accept, O REID, this tribute of applause,
Which merit claims from Truth's unerring laws;
Thy muse excelling in each finer art,
That paints the various passions of the heart,
That draws the tender sympathizing tear,
And paints the fervor of a love sincere;
That raises ardor for our country's weal,
And calms the tempests of religious zeal.
Thy pen alike, doth with prophetic strain,
Teach erring wand'rers, Virtue to regain;
E'en Envy dares not murmur at thy lay,
All bend their judgment to Apollo's bay.
May e'er thy muse on such fam'd pinions glide,
By Virtue aided, and blest Truth your guide.
Strand.