1745 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Richard Steele

Anonymous, "Verses written in the Summer-house where Sir Richard Steele wrote his Conscious Lovers" 1750 ca.; Nichols, Select Collection of Poems (1780-82) 7:313.



Sure this is more than Classic ground I tread,
All Pindus seems to bloom around my head.
Wake then, my Muse; what lyre can lie unstrung,
In shades where Phoebus, or where Steele hath sung?
A Cymberton each gaudy tulip shows,
And each gay bed is throng'd with lacquey beaux.
In each fair plant young Bevil greets my eyes,
And Indiana in each whisper sighs.