1808
ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Imitations and Parodies: Shenstone.

Universal Magazine NS 10 (November 1808) 391-92.

H. Fletcher


A parody of William Shenstone's Pastoral Ballad in three anapestic quatrains, signed "Mr. Fletcher." This is the third of a group of eight brief parodies by Fletcher, a regular contributor to the Universal Magazine.



Adieu to my flocks of white sheep,
And adieu to the vales where they fed
For though many the tears that I weep,
The devil a tear have they shed!

Ye lambs and ye lambkins adieu,
From the Leasowes your poet is off;
Farewell to each ram and each ewe,
For I've got a most damnable cough!

The devil may watch you for me,
I'm sure he'll be sick of the job!
For your Corydon's off, do you see,
Without ever sobbing a sob.

[pp. 391-92]