1799 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Alexander Pope

Anna Seward, "On Reading a Description of Pope's Gardens at Twickenham" Morning Chronicle (25 April 1799).



Ah! might I range each hallow'd Bow'r and Glade,
MUSOEUS cultur'd, many a raptur'd Sigh
Would that dear local consciousnes supply,
Beneath his Willow, in the Grotto's shade,
Whose roof his Hand with Ores and Shells inlaid!
How sweet to watch, with reverential eye,
Thro' the sparr'd arch the Streams he oft survey'd—
Thine, blue THAMESIS gently wand'ring by!
This is the Poet's triumph; and it towers
O'er Life's pale ills; — his consciousness of powers
That lift his Mem'ry from Oblivion's gloom,
Secures a train of these heart-thrilling hours,
By his idea deck'd in Rapture's bloom,
For Spirits rightly touch'd, through ages yet to come!