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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Hymn to Science

Science! thou fair effusive ray
From the great source of mental day,
Free, generous, and refin'd!
Descend with all thy treasures fraught,
Illumine each bewilder'd thought,
And bless my lab'ring mind.

But first with thy resistless light,
Disperse those phantoms from my sight,

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