"'Yes, if his soul to reason's rule resign'd, / 'And heaven's own views fair-opening on his mind,/ 'Caught from bright nature's flame the living ray, / 'Through passion's cloud pour'd in resistless day; / 'And taught mankind in reas'ning Pride's despite, / 'That God is wise, and all that is right.'"
— Mason, William (1725-1797)
"Or gilds the satire, or the moral lay;
"Which dawns, though thou, rough Donne! hew out the line:
"But beams, sage Horace! from each strain of thine.
"Oh, if like these, with conscious freedom bold,
"One Poet more his manly measures roll'd,
"Like these led forth the indignant Muse to brave
"The venal statesman, and the titled slave;
"To strip from frontless Vice her stars and strings,
"Nor spare her basking in the smile of kings:
"If grave, yet lively; rational, yet warm;
"Clear to convince, and eloquent to charm;
"He pour'd, for Virtue's cause, serene along
"The purest precept, in the sweetest song:
"If, for her cause, his heav'n-directed plan
"Mark'd each meander in the maze of man;
"Unmoved by sophistry, unawed by name,
"No dupe to doctrines, and no fool to fame;
"Led by no system's devious glare astray,
"That meteor-like, but glitters to betray.
"Yes, if his soul to reason's rule resign'd,
"And heaven's own views fair-opening on his mind,
"Caught from bright nature's flame the living ray,
"Through passion's cloud pour'd in resistless day;
"And taught mankind in reas'ning Pride's despite,
"That God is wise, and all that is right:
"If this his boast, pour here the welcome lays;
"Praise less than this is mockery of praise."
See Musæus: a Monody to the Memory of Mr. Pope, in Imitation of Milton’s Lycidas. (London: Printed for R. Dodsley; and sold by M. Cooper in Pater-noster-Row, 1747). <Link to ESTC>
Text from The Works of William Mason 4 vols. (London: Printed for T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1811). <Link to Google Books>