1775 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Oliver Goldsmith

W. P., "Sonnet, written at the Village of Auburn, in 1775" Morning Post and Daily Advertiser (13 November 1776).



When, lovely spot! thy beauties I recount!
The deep recess! — the wild romantic dell!
The Hermitage that peeps beneath the Mount!
I wonder not thy GOLDSMITH sung so well!
Yet gloom'd with pensive care, his numbers flow!
The sad lamentings of a heart oppress'd!
The speaking eloquence, on HOWARD'S brow!
The mute! the silent! feelings in my breast!
O'er thy deserted shedd, the wind complains!
And thro' the crannies beat the wint'ry rains!
Along the deep, the tenants took their way
To western climes, and more refulgent day!
The Fugitives, Oppression follows there!
And crimson horror closes in the rear!
Nov. 11.