1828 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Milton

David Macbeth Moir, "To the Muse of Milton" Morning Post (5 April 1828).



Far from this visible diurnal sphere,
Immortal Spirit, it was thine to stray,
And, bending towards the sun thy proud career,
Dip thy white plumage in the font of Day;
Time, marvelling at thy course, beheld thee leave
His confines — overlook, with steadfast eye,
The ungirdled regions of Eternity—
And through the waste wide Emyprean cleave—
Darting with sheer descent the caves amid
Of Night chaotic, downwards to the abyss
Of Death and Darkness, where the Furies hiss,
And Hope from wretched souls is ever hid;—
Heaven, Hell, and Earth thy theme — a scene of bliss
The last, ere Sin the Elysian charm undid.
DELTA.