1778 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Shenstone

Richard Tickell, in The Wreath of Fashion (1778) 14.



Triumphant art! Let vanquish'd nature mourn
Her lost simplicity, o'er Shenstone's urn:
With sympathetick sorrows, on his tomb
Let the pale primrose shed its wild perfume;
The cowslip droop its head; and all around
The with'ring violet strew the hallow'd ground—
For, mute the swain, and cold the hand, that wove
Their simple sweets to wreaths of artless love—
Simplicity with Shenstone died!—