1818 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Hughes

R. R., "Written at a small Village in Hertfordshire, formerly the residence of Hughes the Poet" Gentleman's Magazine 88 (August 1818) 157.



With pleasing awe I pace thy bowers among,
Soft flowing Mimram! whose pellucid stream
Seems still to weep, as in poetic dream,
The Bard who lull'd thee with his tragic song:
Tho' now no more he tread thy banks along,
Yet Summer flowers, which fruitless never fade,
And Autumn's changeful light and shade,
Pourtray the varied subject of his song.
And as by pleasing sympathy I'm led,
Musing on worth too early snatch'd away,
I see the rose, neglected, droop its head,
And tho' I listen to the linnet's lay,
Methinks far lovelier flowers have here been spread,
And here a sweeter songster lov'd to stray.