1799 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Alexander Pope

Anonymous, "On Gathering Moss from the Monument dedicated by Pope to the Memory of his Mother at Twickenham" General Evening Post (17 January 1799).



Hail, gentle Shade of him whose filial love
This Shrine records amid the lonely Grove,
Where Nature, taught by the creative mind,
Rev'rent preserves whate'er thy taste design'd;
While all around imparts a solemn grace,
And thy own Genius animates the place!

No foe to VIRTUE and the sacred Nine,
Comes with unhallow'd aim to touch that Shrine;
But one who fondly gleans, with awful care,
The verdant honour Time has nurtur'd there,
The precious relique, emulous to guard,
Pledge of the pious Son, and moral Bard.