1749 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Shenstone

Lady Luxborough, "Verses written in 1749, at the Leasowes near Birmingham" Gentleman's Magazine 53 (June 1753) 286.



'Tis nature here bids pleasing scenes arise,
And wisely gives them Cynthio, to revise;
To veil each flaw, to brighten every grace;
Yet still preserve their parent's, beauteous face.

How well the bard obeys, each object tells;
These lucid streams, gay meads, and moss-grown cells;
Where blended art so artfully's conceal'd,
And Nature's charms so fairly are reveal'd,
That pleas'd she claims the glory of the plan,
And, with fresh pride, adopts the work of man.