1823 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges

William Wordsworth to John Kenyon, 16 May 1823; Letters, ed. Knight (1807) 2:206.



I have time for little more; as, in an hour and a half, we must leave our good friends here [at Lee Priory], this elegant conventual mansion (with its pictures and its books), and bid farewell to its groves and nightingales, which this morning have been singing divinely. By the bye it has been so cold that they are silent during the season of darkness! These delights we must surrender, and take our way on foot three miles along the pleasant banks of Stour, to fall in with the Dover coach.