1814 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Shenstone

John Hamilton Reynolds, in Eden of the Imagination (1814) 28-29.



Beside my cot, in yonder green recess,
Where many a tree waves wild its summer tress;
A sweet and shady arbour I'll entwine,
Of lilac, myrtle, and of jessamine:—
A marble urn, within, I'll fondly place,
And Shenstone's name its polish'd side shall grace.
There I may ponder o'er its rural page,
Which well might charm and melodize the age;
Perchance some sweet inscription of his own,
My hand may trace to ornament the stone.