1818 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Shenstone

David Parkes, "Uncollected Poem by William Shenstone" Gentleman's Magazine 88 (November 1818) 448.



Shrewsbury, Nov. 2.
Mr. Urban,
The following lines were written with a diamond, on a square of glass at the Leasowes, by the Bard of the place, at the time of a very deep snow. They were given me by the late John Scott Hylton, esq. of Laphal House, near Hales Owen, who copied them from the glass at the Leasowes.
D. P.

In this small fort, besieg'd with snow,
When ev'ry studious pulse beats low,
What does my wish require?
Some sprightly girls beneath my roof,
Some friends sincere, and winter proof;
A bottle and a fire.

Prolong, O snow! prolong thy siege!
With these, thou wilt but more oblige,
And bless me with thy stay;
Extend, extend, thy frigid reign,
My few sincerer friends detain;
And keep false friends away.
W. S.
Jan. 9, 1747.