1821 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Campbell

Thomas Stott, "Sonnet to Thomas Campbell, Esq." Morning Post (22 November 1821).



To tuneful CAMPBELL, Hope's distinguish'd Bard,
The Muse devotes this tribute of her lyre,
Her warm attachment and sincere regard,
While the cold night-breeze fans her evening fire.
For, taught by him, even mid November's glooms,
The cheering thoughts of brighter days inspire;
And Spring, tho' distant, seems to spread her blooms
O'er the dejected landscape Winter dooms
To temporary ruin. Thus thy lay,
Sweet Poet! in the solitary hour,
Can drive dull Melancholy's sprites away,
Possessing more than talismanic power
To soothe the soul by Fancy's gentle sway,
And rouse its hopes, tho' adverse prospects lower.
HAFIZ