1773
ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Content. An Ode.

London Magazine 42 (September 1773) 459.

Henry Green


A retirement "sonnet" in octosyllabic couplets, based on Milton's L'Allegro, signed "Henry Green." The poem is presented as "For the London Magazine"; I have not identified Green.



I.
Come, meek-ey'd nymph, of aspect sweet,
Sober, modest, and discreet;
Sober, calm Content, my breast possess,
The dower thou bringst is Happiness.
O lead me to the moss-grown cell,
With thee and Virtue there to dwell,
With Temperance, of gentle mien,
And Conscience spotless and serene.

II.
Let others share the glittering stores
Of gorgeous Ind's ensanguin'd shores;
Let soaring minds a lust inflame
Of lawless Power and guilty Fame:
From thee, Content, those joys can flow,
Nor Wealth, nor Power, nor Fame bestow.

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