1795 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Philip Sidney

Samuel Egerton Brydges, "Sonnet Written at Penshurst, 1795" in British Bibliographer 1 (1810) 293-94.



Behold thy triumphs, Time! what silence reigns
Along these lofty and majestic walls!
Ah, where are regal Sydney's pompous trains?
Where Philip's tuneful lyre, whose dying falls
Could melt the yielding nymphs, and love-sick swains?
Ah, where the undaunted figure that appalls
E'en heroes? where the lute, that on the plains
The bending trees round Sacharissa calls?
And are they fled? their day's for ever past!
Heroes and poets moulder in the earth!
No sound is heard but of the wailing blast,
Through the lone rooms, where echoed crowded Mirth!
Yet on their 'semblance Melancholy pores,
And all the faded splendour soon restores!