1789 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edmund Waller

Anonymous, in The Grove of Fancy (1789) 28.



Beneath a plaintain's shade, all day,
His careless limbs see WALLER lay!
Love winds the strings, improves his vein,
And list'ning deer have caught his pain:
But, while the shining laurels spread,
No am'rous myrtles deck his head;
And what, with SACHARISSA'S name,
He lost in love, he gain'd in fame.
A doubtful good! a forceful choice!
Which most, does Love, or Fame, rejoice?