1765 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Shenstone

Cuthbert Shaw, in The Race (1765; 1766) 36.



"But stay — methinks while round the field I gaze
Amid the various claiments for the bays,
One fav'rite bard escapes my notice — say,
My dear Melpomene, on such a day,
Why is not thy beloved Shenstone here?"
The muse was silent — sobb'd — and drop'd a tear.