Quotation by William Cowper

Then Pope, as harmony itself exact,
In verse well disciplined, complete, compact,
Gave virtue and morality a grace,
That, quite eclipsing pleasure's painted face,
Levied a tax of wonder and applause,
Even on the fools that trampled on their laws.
But he (his musical finesse was such,
So nice his ear, so delicate his touch)
Made poetry a mere mechanic art;
And every warbler has his tune by heart.
William Cowper (1731–1800), British poet. repr. In Poetical Works, ed. H.S. Milford (1934). Table Talk, l. 646-55 (1782).
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