1806 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges

Thomas Park, "Written on the Pier at Dover, after a Visit to Denton-Court, the Seat of S. E. Brydges, Esq." Monthly Mirror 22 (September 1806) 196.



Denton! thy tranquil bowers have tun'd my heart
To such pure love of sylvan quietude,
That the gay tumult of this crowded mart
Seems irksome, and for solace much too rude.
Yon armed mounds, where rush the sons of war
To the trump's clangor, bode no calm delight;
And round this peopled pier, a strife-like jar
Of voices, puts all soothing thought to flight.
Thy wood-crown'd walks, dear Denton! brought the coo
Of the mild dove on my unstartled ear;
Thy airy uplands did my slow step woo,
Thy verdant vallies could my dim sight cheer:
And all thy charms were heighten'd still to me
By life's prime charm — refin'd society!