1824 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bryan Waller Procter

A. B., "Lines addressed to Barry Cornwall" Morning Post (22 May 1824).



Strike, BARRY CORNWALL! strike again
Thy soul-enchanting lyre,
Whose strains can soothe the lover's pain,
Or quell the foeman's ire.

Thy fancy, gentle spirit, dwells
In fair Italia's clime;
Thy verse with magic sweetness tells
Of loves in olden time.

The lovely Julia, Marcian's bride,
Shall live when thou art gone,
And proud Colonna by her side
Will make thy beauties kown.

The ill-starred Guido too shall tell
His fate to after times,
And the meek, gentle Isabel
Bewail a brother's crimes.

Thy fair creation, gentle Bard,
Shall testify thy fame;
"And ages yet unborn," regard
With love our CORNWALL'S name.