1760 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Huckell

Edward Cooper, in "In Retirement. Inscribed to Mr. Thompson" A Collection of Elegiac Poesy (1760) 32-33.



But now no more the devious poet strays,
With beauty to protract the silent hours;
O'er daisy'd meadows hymning vocal lays,
Nor to yon star his pleasing musings pours.

Passive he sinks beneath the weighty blow,
When sad oppression lifts her iron rod;
In tearful whispers does his sorrows flow,
In sad resources to his guardian God.

With Whitehead's muse thro' each voluptuous wild,
In sportive glee how often should I roam;
Or oft when Huckell's* lyre the time beguil'd,
As fancy fir'd sing sweetly wailing home.

* Avon, a poem wrote by J. Huckell, of Magdalen Hall Oxford.