1796 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Ellis

Gregory Lewis Way, "Sonnet to G. E." Way, Fabliaux (1796) before Sig. A.



Thou, gentle friend, hast spied me how I pac'd
Through strange delightful realms of Fairy-land,
And tangled arbours trimm'd with rustick hand,
And alleys green, for lack of tread grown waste:
Then be the labour thine, for thy command
Hath wray'd my homely deeds to nicer eyes,
Noting these scenes in long-past ages plann'd
To teach our courtly throng their brave device.
The mickle toil be thine, and thine the price;
So I may roam, as likes my wandering vein,
To other bowers nigh lost in time's disguise,
And muse of loyal knights' and ladies' pain;
And, as I search each desert dark recess,
Lament such change of fortune favourless.