To Mr. Porden

Mr Flaxman

Rise honest Muse and to the liberal lyre
Symphonious sing, what friendship shall inspire.
Say! shall the man to gain devoted, claim
A place conspicuous midst the sons of fame?
For ill got wealth with dying accents given
To bribe the vengeance of impartial heaven!
And shall not he who midst the din of trade
Has homage at the Muses’ altars paid
Attention gain and gratitude inspire
And with his worth excite the poets fire?
Yes! P-d-n Yes! My Muse in liberal lays
This friendly tribute to thy merit pays,
And ardent hopes that ages yet unborn
May be well pleas’d, thy name, her works adorn.