1822 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Campbell

Thomas Stott, "Sonnet to Mr. Campbell, on reading his Song of the Greeks" Morning Post (7 December 1822).



CAMPBELL! thy song is fraught with Grecian fire:
Methinks old Pindar's mantle thou hast caught,
For thy Muse breathes the high heroic thought,
That flash'd electric from the Theban's lyre,
And miracles upon his audience wrought.
Oh! may thy magic notes again inspire
Achaia's sons (whose Sires so nobly fought
And foil'd th' Oppressor, in the days of yore)
To burst the bonds of Slavery once more,
And rise, renown'd, to liberty and fame!—
'Tis done! Already round her echoing shore,
With rapture we behold the glorious flame,
Light lightning bolted from a frowning sky,
Hurling just vengeance on the shrinking Enemy.