1823 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Shenstone

T. H., "Occasioned by visiting the Leasowes, and seeing the most favourite Spots of Shenstone but too much neglected" Gentleman's Magazine 93 (November 1823) 456.



Here in cool grot and mossy cell
The rural fays did whilom dwell;
But now the mazy dance is o'er,
The rill, the grove, delight no more!
Where are the traces of his hand,
Who these delicious regions plann'd?
Where, where the variegated traits
That gave new beauties to the sweets?
O swain! to whom 'tis giv'n to trace
The beauties of this hallow'd place,
To call those soft enchantments thine
Which Shenstone's genius did design,—
Repair, repair!
Else Shenstone's shade with due return,
The rude neglect shall nightly mourn,
And luckless seasons pay the scorn,
That's cast on dear Maria's urn!