1819 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Leigh Hunt

Anonymous, "A Cockney Pastoral" New Monthly Magazine 11 (March 1819) 133.



High! Hampstead! how thy swelling hill
Becomes a pretty purling rill!
Where the retiring Cockney sees
His portrait, 'neath the leafy trees;—
The verdant leaves of Spring's young power,
But brown amidst the autumnal shower,
Thy op'ning prospects can't be narrow,
That spread from Purfleet up to Harrow;
Or with a glass we peep at Leigh,
Whilst sipping up gossipping tea.
Thy little hill is sure a mountain!—
Each turbid pond a chrystal fountain!—
Each field a park! — each goose a swan!
To slip-shod muse at early dawn;
And though we have no Trout or Salmon, here,
There's a kettle of fish for an Examiner!