To Mr. H. Lawes on His Airs
Harry, whose tuneful and well-measured song First taught our English music how to span Words with just note and accent, not to scan With Midasí ears, committing short and long, Thy worth and skill exempts thee from the throng, With praise enough for Envy to look wan; To after age thou shalt be writ the man That with smooth air couldst humour best our tongue. Thou honouríst Verse, and Verse must lend her wing To honour thee, the priest of Phœbusí quire, That tunest their happiest lines in hymn or story. Dante shall give Fame leave to set thee higher Than his Casella, whom he wooed to sing, Met in the milder shades of Purgatory.
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