1807 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Alexander Pope

Julia, "On the Destruction of Pope's Villa and Gardens" Morning Post (17 October 1807).



How would'st thou weep, sweet bard to see,
The change, by senseless dulness made;
In thy lone grot, and hallowed shade:
Sacred to genius, and to thee.

Delightful shades, where genius wont to dwell,
Where taste and feeling, hand in hand were seen;
Pride swell'd with titles, desolates thy green:
The Graces mourn, and sigh their sad farewel.

Mourn, Twick'nam mourn, thy glory and thy fame,
By ignorance obscur'd, and ruthless power;
Thy charms are fled, and every future hour,
Must raise a blush, thy injur'd bard to name.