ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
S., "An Elegiack Ode, occasioned by seeing the Leasowes, and inscribed to Mrs. B—t" Westminster Magazine 4 (October 1776) 541-42.
1737: William Shenstone
1749: Lady Luxborough
1750 ca.: Rev. Richard Graves
1751: Rev. Richard Jago
1755: Robert Dodsley
1756: John Scott Hylton
1758: Alexander Carlyle
1759: James Woodhouse
1760: Edward Cooper
1760: Rev. Richard Graves
1761: Mrs. John Thomas
1763: Edward Cooper
1763: Rev. Richard Graves
1763: John Cunningham
1763: Edward Cooper
1763: Mary Darwall
1763 ca.: A Lady
1763: Dr. S.
1763: T. H.
1764: Rev. John Langhorne
1765: Cuthbert Shaw
1765: John Oakman
1766: John Scott of Amwell
1769: Thomas Gray
1771: William Roscoe
1771: Rev. Richard Graves
1772: Rev. John Ball
1773: Thomas Lyttleton
1774: Samuel Jackson Pratt
1774: Charles Graham
1776: Rev. Thomas Maurice
1778: Richard Tickell
1778: Old Robin
1779: J. M.
1779: Menassah Dawes
1780: J. W.
1782: Samuel Johnson
1783: Edmond Malone
1784: De Sp—do
1785: H. R.
1787: Robert Burns
1788: John Williams
1789: A Bard of the Wrekin
1791: Isaac D'Israeli
1792: Anna Seward
1792: John Bennet
1793: J. H. C.
1793: Captain John Majoribanks
1795: Dr. Robert Anderson
1797: Mr. Mott
1798: Anna Seward
1802: George Dyer
1805: Thomas Park
1806: Dr. John Aikin
1806: John F. M. Dovaston
1807: Robert Southey
1808: Anne Grant
1812: A. F.
1814: John Hamilton Reynolds
1814: James Jennings
1815: William Wordsworth
1818: William Hazlitt
1818: David Parkes
1823: David Parkes
1823: T. H.
1824: Bryan Waller Procter
1829: Anna Brownell Jameson
1830: Rev. George Barrell Cheever
1836: Hartley Coleridge
1836: L. L.
1842: C. H. Timperley
1855 ca.: Rev. John Mitford
1859: Leigh Hunt
1880: George Saintsbury
1882: Epes Sargent
1910: Ralph Straus
My candid Guide, my lov'd, my honour'd Friend,
Who led'st my footsteps thro' th' enchanted maze,
With partial ear thy fix'd attention lend
To these my artless, tributary lays.
Ye rich remains that Genius erst designed,
Where, union happy, Nature smiles on Art;
In you we trace your Poet's museful mind,
His graceful ease, his naivete of heart.
Blest be each bower, and blest each kindly shade!
Ye Fays and Fairies, ever haunt the plains!
In these sweet scenes, for contemplation made,
Rove, freely rove, ye fond enamour'd swains!
Yon ivy'd roof that nods to every blast,
Was once of social elegance the throne:
Time stopped to crush it as He onward past,
But fail'd, — and Fame adopts it for her own.
Ye winding paths insensibly that steal
From vale to grove, from grove to rising mount,
Then lead to where yon gliding waters deal
Supplies how welcome to the bubbling fount!
He twined your bowers to screen from Phoebus' beams,
With flowers he strew'd your sweetly devious way,
He tuned the cadence of your falling streams,
And you inspired the Shepherd's Dorick lay.
Ye bold cascades in silver sheets that fall
And break in cataracts o'er the rugged steep!
He bids; and ye, obedient to his call,
Rush headlong on with rude impetuous sweep.
'Twas thus I sung, when lo! the Pastoral Muse,
With pallid cheek, deject, past slowly by;
The Shepherd's praise her latent grief renews,
The tear of anguish trembles in her eye.
I saw the Maid, her tresses all unbound,
And torn the laurel wreath she whilom wore;
Her sable vesture swept the dewy ground,
Her crook was broke, her hand a cypress bore.
She sung, — and oh, how plaintive was her song!
She play'd, — her trembling notes how sadly sweet!
Shenstone! she cry'd, how mute is now that tongue,
Which erst delighted wou'd my strain repeat!
I saw thee rear the woodland's various pride,
I saw thee bend the branches to a shade;
I saw thee lead the gently swelling tide
To where its waters form th' abrupt cascade.
I saw, and lov'd, and yielded to thy suit;
I gave to thee my softest, sweetest lay;
I graced thy fingers with the pastoral flute,
Then listen'd with a smile to hear thee play.
But Thou art gone, — the Nymphs and Fauns delight!
With thee the Loves and Graces all are fled!
Ye Nymphs, ye Fauns, in mournful mood unite,
Lament with me your Friend, your Poet dead!
See where lorn Galatea courts the gloom,—
The pensive Maid, reclined upon her urn,
Heaves the sad sigh for Shenstone's early doom,
Sheds tears that speak, and utters words that burn;
While every warbling tenant of the grove,
And every bleating lamb that snows the hill,
All that in air, or earth, or water rove,
Wail their dire loss, the Genius of the vill.
Yet still the gentle Bard's enamour'd sprite
Frequents the scenes his frolick fancy form'd,
Forsakes Elysium for a happier site,
A site that once his glowing genius warm'd.
And oft at eve I see his reverend shade
Glide thro' the gloom or flit across the green,
Or hover o'er the stream in yonder glade,
Till lessening into air, no more 'tis seen.
Then still in thought I hear seraphic strains
In gentlest accents wafted down the vale,
Till fainter echoes bear them o'er the plains,
And the soft warblings die upon the gale.
Peace to thy spirit, simple Son of Song!
For thee still flow the tributary tear!
Sigh after sigh in sad succession throng,
And Memory sicken o'er thy timeless bier!
She ceased and wept, — nor could prolong the lay;
A loss more recent tears alone deplore:
Begone, she cry'd, — and cast her lyre away,
Sad sounds declare that Lyttelton's no more.