1796 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Moses Browne

William Perfect, in "Lines tributary to the Beauties of Preston Court" Poetic Effusions (1796) 121.



Ye willows weeping o'er the crystal stream,
Ye rooks, the clamorous audience of my theme,
Ye pensive pleasures, while the ponds below
(In fine expanse a perfect mirror show)
Induce the Angler, with the taper reed,
To tempt the capture of the finny breed.
O could I pour the piscatory strain,
In much admir'd BROWN'S immortal vein;
Then would I sing the patient angler's care,
And all the arts he uses to ensnare;
How sooth'd each care that would disturb his breast,
Lull'd all his owe to sweet repose and rest;
When hush'd the wind, the horizon serene,
And not a wrinkle on the lake is seen.