1742 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Richard Owen Cambridge

Sneyd Davies, in "Voyage to Tintern Abbey" 1742; Nichols, Illustrations of the Literary History of the XVIII Century (1817-58) 1:595.



We sail; — now steadily; now gulphs inform
The tumbling waves to imitate a storm;
The rising shores a thousand charms bestow,
Lawn at their feet, and forest at their brow;
The polish'd villas, neighbours to the flood;
The taper spire; and the surrounding flood;
These lines, my Cambridge, read, and smiling view
How faint the hope thy landscape to renew.
That image of thyself how soon decay'd—
See all its beauties in descriptions fade!