1818 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Walter Scott

Philo, "Sonnet. The Shade of Wallace to Walter Scott" Morning Chronicle (9 October 1818).



When Darkness, at midnight, her curtain extending,
Had wrapp'd in its mantle, Earth, Ocean and Sky,
From his sepulchre, sadly and slowly ascending,
The ghost of great WALLACE strode frowningly by.
All clotted his locks, and all grisly his beard,
And sore mangled with wounds that still seem'd to bleed,
Whilst I trembled, these soul-thrilling accents were heard,
Read, recreant Minstrel, and blush whilst you read!
"Shall a Minstrel of Scotland emblazon the glory
Of the blood-thirsty Chief of a barbarous clan!
And shall WALLACE, unsung, sleep 'alone with his glory,'
Forgotten the Hero, the Patriot, the Man!"
He spoke — and, encircled with heavenly light,
'Mid ravishing airs, disappear'd from my sight.