1709 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Congreve

Alexander Pope, in "Winter" Poetical Miscellanies: the Sixth Part (1709) 745.



Behold the Groves that shine with silver Frost,
Their Beauty wither'd, and their Verdure lost.
Here shall I try the sweet Alexis' Strain,
That call'd the list'ning Dryads to the Plain?
Thames heard the numbers as he flow'd along,
And bade his Willows learn the moving Song.