Treasure Island

Mark Akenside

(1721-1770 / England)


  • ''He with cowslips pale,
    Primrose, and purple lychnis, decked the green
    Before my threshold, and my shelving walls
    With honeysuckle covered.''
    Mark Akenside (1721-70), British poet, physician. Inscription for a Grotto (l. 5-8). . . Seven Centuries of Poetry; Chaucer to Dylan Thomas. A. N. Jeffares, ed. (1955) Longmans, Green & Company.
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Ode IX. To Curio

Thrice hath the spring beheld thy faded fame
Since I exulting grasp'd the tuneful shell:
Eager through endless years to sound thy name,
Proud that my memory with thine should dwell.
How hast thou stain'd the splendor of my choice!
Those godlike forms which hover'd round thy voice,
Laws, freedom, glory, whither are they flown?
What can I now of thee to time report,
Save thy fond country made thy impious sport,

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