1801 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Alexander Pope

Anonymous, "On Pope's Weeping Willow, lately cut down by Lord Mendip" The St. James's Chronicle (12 September 1801).



Alas, poor weeping willow!
For thee I dew my pillow;
Tho' planted by Apollo,
Thou rotten art and hollow;
Tho' watered by the Thames,
Ah! withered are thy stems!
And fell'd like Twittenham's god,
That lies beneath the sod;
Whom ever I deplore,
Whilst thy remains I bear,
And next my heart I wear,
A forlorn paramour.