1802
ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Song, from Florian.

Poetical Register and Repository for Fugitive Poetry for 1802 (1803) 159.

Richard Alfred Davenport


A pastoral lyric in two short-lined Spenserians (ababcC) signed "R. A. Davenport." The variable refrain possibly echoes Spenser. Was "Florian" perhaps a pastoral drama? Davenport was the editor of the Poetical Register, an ambitious annual that published most of the leading poets of the day.



Ere Morn illumes with rosy beams
Our plains, I wake the echoes round,
And tire the woods, and vales, and streams,
With many a love-complaining sound:
While still to ease my heart's consuming pain
Echoes, and woods, and vales, and streams, alas! are vain.

On flowery banks, where oaks arise
In shade, no more I find repose;
I sigh, the ring-dove answering sighs,
Tears swell the stream that murming flows;
But, ah! to ease my heart's consuming pain,
Streams, woods, and vales, and echoes, all are vain.

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