1830 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Milton

John Abraham Heraud, "Sonnet to Urania" Fraser's Magazine 2 (October 1830) 341.



Hail! muse of MILTON! bright Urania!
Who dwelt with Wisdom ere the mountains were—
And since of WORDSWORTH, that enraptured seer,
Yet simple as a child— severe his lay
As age, yet meek as infancy. The day,
The glorious sun, and the whole hemisphere
Of night, moon and all the stars are thine. Away,
All meaner descants! — those of thine we hear
Are sacred and divine, e'en as thou art;
The descants of angelic essences,
Of heavenly intelligence. My heart
Heaves towards thy voice! My spirit fain would part
From this gross world, to be with thee, and guess
Of Past and Future, Pain and Happiness!