1808 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Shenstone

Anne Grant, in "On the Death of Burns" The Highlander (1808) 8.



Who gentle Shenstone's fate can hear unmov'd,
By virtue, elegance, and genius lov'd?
Yet, pensive wand'ring o'er his native plain,
His plaints confess'd he lov'd the Muse in vain.
Chill penury invades his favourite bower,
Blasts every scene, and withers every flower;
His warning Muse to Prudence turn'd her strain,
But Prudence sings to thoughtless bards in vain.