1764 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Lyttelton

T., "Verses wrote in Hagley-Park" Public Advertiser (10 May 1764).



Thy Genius, LYTTELTON! we all admire,
With Classic Taste improv'd and Mantuan Fire;
Those rural Scenes which Maro's Pencil drew,
Rais'd by thy Skill again salute our View.
In this blest *Bow'r methinks I see thee stand,
The Graces and the Muses Hand in Hand:
Whilst Maro's Shade serenely seems to rise,
Views the sweet Prospect with enraptur'd Eyes;
And thy lov'd THOMPSON quits th' Elysian Choir,
To haunt these Walks where once he tun'd his Lyre,
Nature applauding smiles — and all allow,
That what was Tempe once, is HAGLEY now!
May 2, 1764.
*The Temple opposite the Cascade.