1793 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Lisle Bowles

L., "Sonnet" Morning Chronicle (21 December 1793).



These flowery paths, where erst the muse essay'd
Her little voice, or when the blush of light
Beam'd on my eyes, or peaceful star of night
Allur'd my feet to woo amid the shade
The haunts of solitude, how pleas'd I hail!
For here, far from the loose, insulting throng,
The sons of revelry, his plaintive song,
On Itchin's banks, on Cherwell! midst thy vale,
The *Bard of Sonnet, Nature's tenderest child,
Was wont to frame, best solace of his mind:—
To melancholy musing much inclin'd,
I love, O Poesy, thy carol wild;
If so, if haply so, for griefs I feel,
I may, from thy sweet songs, a solace steal.

* The Revd. W. L. Bowles.