1809 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges

Robert Pearse Gillies, "Sonnet to a favourite Author" Poetical Register for 1808-09 (1812) 163.



It is not city toil, or worldly pride,
That suits the workings of my weary mind,
It is on these green banks to lie reclin'd,
Or wander slowly by the river's side:
O thou, to whom I feel as if allied,
Whose lay has cheered my lonely pilgrimage,
Once more, let me unfold thy glowing page,
'Mid the deep shelter of this forest wide.
With thee, awhile, be mine to mark the glow,
Of Evening on the northern hills decay;—
To watch the gradual shadows deeper grow,
As Twilight's purple radiance melts away!
Still BARD OF WOOTTON! thine inchanting lay
Heightens each joy that nature's charms bestow.