1773 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Shenstone

Danos, in "Verses on some late English Poets" Scots Magazine 35 (September 1773) 486.



By virtue, arts, and love refin'd,
The gentle SHENSTONE'S gen'rous mind
In sweetest lays was often shown,
Sweet lays that sweetest muse might own
To rouse gay Mirth he ne'er disdain'd;
From Pity's task he ne'er refrain'd;
When Humour laugh'd he laugh'd in turn;
And lov'd to weep with those that mourn.