1813 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Campbell

Francis Hodgson, "P—e of Pinner, or the Suburban Cottage, by T. C." Leaves of Laurel; or New Probationary Odes, for the Vacant Laureatship (1813) 3-5.



On thy suburban bank, fair Harrow-weald!
Although thine airy downs are now enclos'd,
And tasteless ploughshares furrow up each field,
Yet once the Laureat's verse-fill'd head repos'd:
Alas, those eyes in cloud-capp'd night are clos'd!
Now from his grave alone sweet wild-flowers spring,
(His grave of briar'd turf, and moss compos'd)
Wild-flowers he gather'd when on earth, to fling
O'er Britain's matchless Queen, o'er Britain's matchless King.

Oft, where the humble-bee, with buzzing hum,
At many-colour'd evening's careless hour,
Seem'd, by the whispering air, in act to come,
And rous'd the viewless myriads round his bower,
P—e too would buzz and hum — the song-soul'd power
Of court-born panegyric on his tongue;
His ivy-mantled brow like some grey tower
Enwreath'd with frontlet green, which off he flung,
To deck that Queen and King, whom ceaselessly he sung.

But now—
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And, if Hope's faded pleasures the bosom thus melt,
What has Memory more of such pain to be felt?