1789 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Shenstone

A Bard of the Wrekin, in "To John Delap Halliday, Esq. on his late Purchase of the Leasowes" The Diary, or Woodfall's Register (14 October 1789).



Tho' Grief's fell ivy round my heart
It's kindling root displays;
Permit sick Fancy to impart
Her tributary lays.

You who, from early life, could change
With Fashion's easy mode
A graceful Peasant now shall range
Your Shenstone's flow'ry road.

From grove to grove methinks you waste
Your pensive morn alone;
And, in simplicity, now taste
A novelty unknown.

Oh, tell me of the stream that winds
His wizard way along;
And all that lifts sublimer minds
To sentiment and song.

From the high Wrekin, oft I view
The Leasowe's green domains;
And with perspective eye pursue
The gambols of your plains.

Recurring to my early years,
When first I knew my friend;
To highest Heav'n, with fervant pray'rs,
My gratitude I send....