1748 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Lyttelton

J. W—n, "Written, with a Pencil, in a Seat in Hagley Park June 1748" Gentleman's Magazine 18 (October 1748) 472.



Here Lyttleton his mournful lyre has strung,
And ev'ry muse his heighten'd sorrows sung;
Sweet Philomel suppress'd her plaintive tale,
To hear a story o'er her own prevail,
The larks that silent listen'd to his tongue,
Have scarcely yet resum'd their joyous song.
Ye pendant groves, that seem to hang the head,
As if to mourn, with him, your mistress dead,
Exalt your heads and smile, for henceforth ye
Shall grow immortal in her monody.