1800 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Henry Boyd

Thomas Dermody, in "The Pursuit of Patronage" Poems Moral and Descriptive (1800) 61-62.



O! Thou, who mellowed'st first my artless note,
To piety, at once, and verse devote,
Who the rude depths of DANTE hast explor'd,
Yet ORPHEUS-like return'd, to light restor'd,
And then didst follow, unappal'd by fear,
Frantic ORLANDO in his mad career,
Or, bosom'd in Ophelia's haunted vale,
Of princely EUGENE sang'st the wond'rous tale,
Oh! skill'd, like TURPIN, with sagacious eye
To pierce the glorious rites of Chivalry,
And fill each Chronicle's mysterious void:—
Pattern of modest worth, where art thou, BOYD?