1778 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Mason

J. Boerhadem, "To Mr. Mason, on his English Garden" Gentleman's Magazine 48 (November 1778) 536.



When Virgil sung of flocks, of woods and fields,
And all the humble sweets the country yields;
The old Corycian he too briefly drew,
Gave of his garden but a transient view;
Then chang'd the scene, hied to the woods again,
Woods green for ever in his godlike strain.

The garden-muse courts our more genial sky,
Our lawns surpass'd e'en favour'd Italy:
He wisely then this charming theme declin'd,
For other bards and happier climes design'd:
He bade a Briton sing with Roman fire,
And pleas'd to Mason's hand resign'd his lyre.