1769 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Scott of Amwell

Joseph Cockfield "Written on a Bench that Commands an extensive Prospect" 1769; in John Nichols, Illustrations of the Literary History of the XVIII Century (1817-58) 5:794.



Whilst here unsated roves the eye,
O'er woodland, valley, stream, and sky,
From rural Amwell's old Church tower
To distant Hertford's favourite bower,
Invoke a blessing on his head,
Who wild woods on these summits spread;
Here mourn his consort's early doom,
The sudden tenant of the tomb!
No longer seems the landscape gay,
Since she no longer wends this way.
Go, stranger, may'st thou happier be,
From this distressful fortune free;
Yet know that Heav'n is ever wise
In what He gives and what denies!