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93.

Albert F. Sieveking on garden poetry

1908

Albert F. Sieveking (1857-1951) published extensively on sports, games, and gardens.

Extract from Sir William Temple upon the Gardens of Epicurus (1908), p. xlvi.

As writers in praise of Gardens and Country Life, the palm will, I think, be given by all modern readers to Andrew Marvell. Genuine as is the love of both [Marvell and Cowley] for the country—and to Cowley the desire for retirement and repose was assuredly no pose—Cowley’s voice is that of the scholar and the student, and his verse smells of the lamp and grates of the file, while Marvell’s song brings the magic of the meadow, the breath of the blowers and new-mown hay, the swish of the scythe, and the lamp of the glow-worm right across the centuries, before our eyes and into our hearts—and we love Marvell’s poems, while at the best we can only admire and sympathize, with Cowley’s verse.

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