1797 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bertie Greatheed

George Monck Berkeley, in "Verses on seeing the Tragedy of The Regent" 1788 ca.; Poems (1797) 46-47.



Hark! Echo quits her mossy bed,
And scarce believes her Shakspeare dead;
Again, by Avon's silver stream
A Bard resumes great Nature's theme;
Spurning the rules of sordid art,
Guided but by a feeling heart;
From Nature's self the picture draws,
Confin'd by none but Nature's laws;
To Fancy's realm the daring wight
On eagle wing pursues his flight;
And wand'ring blest those bow'rs among,
Where Shakspeare's self unrival'd sung;
As straying 'mid the holy wood,
For you, fair sisters of the flood;
A blooming wreath behold him twine,
A wreath immortal and divine.