1797 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

James Thomson

Thomas Park, "Written in an Alcove where Thomson composed his Seasons" Park, Sonnets, and other small Poems (1797) 16.



Aerial Spirits, who forsook your sky
To whisper charmed sounds in THOMSON'S ear,
Or shaded from the ken of grosser eye,
Did to the Bard in holy trance appear;
Still guard the sacred grove which once was dear,
On every leaf enweave a druid-spell,
And say to the profane, should such come near,
Here did the "woodland pilgrim" form his cell;
The priest of Nature here his temple plac'd,
And rais'd the incense of his song on high;
With sylvan honours was his altar grac'd,
His harp was tun'd to heav'nly psalmistry:
Here did he pour to Nature's GOD the strain!—
And should you scorn the worship, shun the fane.