1826 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Keats

Anonymous, "Sonnet, addressed to a poetic Friend, on hearing him repeat the Ode to the Nightingale, by poor Keats" Morning Post (1 May 1826).



Ill fated Bard, thus early doom'd to die!
Could'st thou have heard the touching melody
With which thy plaintive and heart-thrilling song
Was given by him, blest with high minstrelsy—
It might have soothed thy spirit, and the wrong
Done to thy muse and thy poor injured name!
Oh! what deep feeling given to every line—
The Poet's soul so mingled with thy strain,
It were indeed no less than song divine!
Yes, hapless Bard! 'twas beautiful to hear—
To feel thy sorrowing tale — so exquisite,
So tenderly rehearsed! Thro' the long night
I could have listened — still, upon mine ear
Dwells the loved voice — still, still it lingers here!
April, 1826.