Thornton, Robert John (1768?-1837) / Temple of Flora, or, Garden of the botanist, poet, painter, and philosopher.
Flora Jealous. To Doctor Thornton, on Receiving a Present of Some Beautifully Painted Plants from his Temple of Flora, to Decorate "The Poet's Cottage."
FLORA JEALOUS. TO DOCTOR THORNTON, ON RECEIVING A PRESENT OF SOME BEAUTIFULLY PAINTED PLANTS FROM HIS TEMPLE OF FLORA, TO DECORATE "THE POET'S COTTAGE." O FOR some bow'ry nook, 'midst Nature's scenes Of purest blossoms and unsullied greens; A still, small, HOME, that I may call my own, My joy, my pride, my palace, and my throne; With yet a dinner, sav'd by frugal care, A social platter for a friend to share! Thus pray'd the Muse, a Poet's wish to crown.- Upon a Poet's wish no Muse can frown! The pray'r was heard; and soon, by Fancy's aid, A nook was chosen, and a cot was made. Streams, groves, and gardens, deck'd the smiling bound- A Paradise of sweets-on Fairy ground. Quick, Friendship came, with Fortune at his side, To realize the Song and Poet's pride, A bow'ry nook was given,' 'midst Nature's scenes Of purest blossoms and unsullied greens. * Mr. Pratt, the admired author of" Sympathy," and other well known poems, excited from his works such lively interest, that, as a Subscription to his last production, " Harvest Home," a noble-minded stranger sent him the title deeds of a Cottage, with a piece of ground attached to it, near to his own domain. "ACCEPT," a generous stranger said,- Touch'd by the pages he had read, "Accept, since you at length have found Joy-giving Health on Hampshire ground: Hampshire, where Health delights to reign, The Goddess of the Wood and Plain: Accept a little sylvan spot, Where you may build your Poet's Cot; Nay where, already cut and dried, A river running close beside, With valley low and mountain high, And many a capability, A Cot you'll find, which little care, And no great cost, may soon repair: That Cot is yours, and garden ground; And all the pleasant scene around." From p. 104 of Harvest Home My Subscription was as one author to another, which produced, unsolicited, the present Panegyric on an humble first attempt to raise a TEMPLE TO FLORA, worthy of the Goddess, by placing appropriate scenery behind each Flower.
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