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ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Stanzas written at Sudeley Castle. Addressed to Sir E. B.

Woodcuts and Verses.

Edward Quillinan


Two Spenserians: "E. B." is Edward Quillinan's father-in-law, Samuel Egerton Brydges, who was editor of the Lee Priory Press. The anonymously-published poem is illustrated with a heraldic devise, with the motto "Mantien Le Droit." Brydges claimed descent from the Chandos family, and in 1811 had purchased Sudeley Castle in the misguided expectation of obtaining the dukedom.

Mary Katherine Woodworth: "Another young poet who admired Brydges was Edward Quillinan, an officer of the Third Dragoon Guards stationed in Kent. Through him, Brydges came to know a small group of military officers whose society was a source of enjoyment to him. Though soldiers, they were not without literary taste of a light and whimsical sort, composing satires and versified ephemeralities" Literary Career of Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges (1935) 17.



Where is thy glory, Sudeley? though thy wall
With stubborn strength the hand of Time defies,
The Sun looks down into thy roofless hall,
And through thy courts with splendor's mockery pries.
Where are thine ancient Lords? the Brave? the Wise?
Crumbled to dust in yonder Gothic Fane.
Where are their children's children? None replies.
Swept from their trunk in Chance's hurricane,
The branches wave no more on Cotswold's old domain.

Yet here the Sons of Chandos, in their day
Of greatness, ruled in no ungentle sort:
Here Want was succour'd; Sorrow here grew gay;
And Winchcombe's Castle was no Tyrant's Fort:
Here too th' imperial Dame with Barons girt,
She who could make the Crowns and Nations bow,
Relax'd, at Welcome's voice, her lion-port,
And soften'd into smiles her stately brow:
What wert thou then, famed Pile! ah, changed! What art thou now?

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