1817 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Horace Smith

Leigh Hunt, "To H***** S****, Esq." The Examiner (4 January 1818) 9.



With what a fine, unyielding wish to bless,
Does Nature, HORACE, manage to oppose
The town's encroachments. — Vulgar he, who goes
By suburb gardens, which she deigns to dress,
And does not recognize her green caress
Reaching back to us in those valued shews
Of box-encircled flowers, or poplar rows,
Or other nests for evening weariness.
Then come the squares, with noon-day nymphs about,
Then vines and ivy, tree-tops that look out
Over back walls, — flowers in the windows too;
And ev'n where Gain huddles his noisiest rout,
The smile of her sweet wisdom will break through,
For there, dear HORACE, has she planted you.
1817.