1755 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Lyttelton

Richard Meadowcourt, "To Sir George Lyttleton, on his House at Hagley" 1755 ca.; Nichols, Select Collection of Poems (1780-82) 6:276.



Here Pallas dwells: she built these stately towers
On classic ground, and near Parnassian hills;
She form'd these smiling lawns, these solemn bowers,
These ever murmuring streams, and ever tinkling rills;
Delighted with her Lyttelton's domains,
Where sit the Muses, and Apollo reigns.

Though Hagley's dome for graceful strength may vie
With Grecian domes, and down from age to age
The tooth of Time and Envy shall defy;
Thy learned pen and thy historic page,
O Hagley's justly honour'd Lord! shall raise
A far more lasting monument of praise.