1770 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Oliver Goldsmith

Corbyn Morris, Esq.; "On reading Goldsmith's Poem, The Deserted Village. Au Contraire" Middlesex Journal (24 November 1770).



Mark the new scene*, how wealth and art unite
T' enrich the soil, and give the eye delight:
Here shady wastes and rushy bogs bore sway,
Now fields of corn the ploughman's toils obey,
And lowing pastures chear the welcome day.
See roads new trac'd for universal good,
With stately bridges to surmount the flood.
The goddess Culture gains a new domain,
Enliv'ning all, and with her busy train
Spreads a rich mantle over hill and plain:
Whilst nature views the happy changes made,
With pleasing wonder, like a country maid,
Who drest in elegance, with rich array,
Scarce knows herself, blushing to look so gay.

*Bowood in Wiltshire, the seat of the Right Hon. the Earl of Shelburne, &c. &c.