1760 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Gray

William Mason, in "To Fancy" 1760 ca.; Bell's Fugitive Poets (1798-97) 12:145.



Through this still valley let me stray
Wrapt in some strain of pensive GRAY:
Whose lofty Genius bears along
The conscious dignity of Song;
And, scorning from the sacred store
To waste a note on Pride or Power,
Roves, when the glimmering twilight glooms,
And warbles 'mid the rustic tombs.