1809 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. George Crabbe

Francis Hodgson, in "Verses Written on the Approach to Litchfield, 1809" Sir Edgar (1810) 194.



Though Goldsmith's pencil o'er the rural scene
Threw softer radiance, and a fresher green;
Display'd the poor, from guilt and sorrow free,
A pastoral group in pleasant Arcady!
Yet sterner Crabbe, with truth's unwelcome light,
Dragg'd want, and labour, and distress to sight:
Shudd'ring we read conviction's mournful strain,
"And own the village life a life of pain."