1796 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Browne of Tavistock

Richard Polwhele, in "Genius of Danmonium" Essays by a Society of Gentlemen (1796) 546.



And o'er the dreary waste of years
Devonia mark'd some scatter'd rhymes:
But still, her eye suffuse'd with tears,
Wistful, she look'd to ancient times—
Ah! few, monastic Tavy's banks beside,
Few were the BROWNES that trac'd the silver-winding tide.