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

Charles Lamb

John Mitford, "To Charles Lamb, on his Poem called 'Leisure'" 1830 ca.; Mitford, Miscellaneous Poems (1858) 29.



Leisure is Wisdom's nurse and Virtue's child;
Her home she buildeth amid sylvan nooks,
By hedgerow paths, or 'mid the leafy brooks
Wandereth at will, — hymning her wood-notes wild.
Within her cheerful memory she hath pil'd
Rich thoughts, that tell of pictures, and of books!
And absent friends — with calm and beautiful looks,
Of worldly cares she walketh undefil'd,
In cities too, or 'mid suburban shade;
At mask, or theatre, with flowers and wine,
Holding her lyre, moveth this gentle maid;
Nor seldom seen, when evening embers shine
On he cheerful hearth — in musing slumber laid;
Such was sweet Shakespeare's friend, and such is thine.