1802 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Lyttelton

George Dyer, in "Perambulatory Musings," Poems (1802) 1:38-39.



Sometimes sad, and sometimes gay,
Like careless pilgrim still I stray,
Till soon arriv'd at Hagley bower,
I sigh to linger there an hour;
Where Littleton in learned ease
Polish'd his verse, and prun'd his trees;
Where Pope, the tuneful groves among,
Soft as at Twickenham, pour'd the song;
And Thomson fix'd in colours clear
The changeful seasons of the year.
Hail classic scenes! The willing muse
Her flowers of many-mingling hues
Might here entwine, and once again
Hagley bloom forth in cheerful strain.