1755 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Dalton

Anonymous, "To the Author of a Descriptive Poem, addressed to two Ladies" Gentleman's Magazine 25 (January 1755) 38.



Where west of Cumbria, far beneath the shores,
The foot advent'rous other worlds explores,
With fate, your friend, you boldly press along,
Not want a Sybil the strange scenes among:
The sister's smiles the golden branch outdo,
A brighter passport thro' the gloom for you:
Whilst the rough miner, new to beauty's blaze,
Arrests in air the sounding stroke, to gaze,
So, fix'd in wonder, stood th' infernal pow'rs,
When lovely Proserpine approach'd their bow'rs;
Less joy those bow'rs, Eurydice to find,
Their guest for ever by the fates assign'd.