1830 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Rogers

C. H., "Sonnet, on reading the Voyage of Columbus" Morning Post (21 January 1830).



The sudden sight of one who long hath roved
In distant climes, the friend of youthful years;
Returning bloom upon a cheek beloved,
Th' imagined dead, for whom have poured our tears;
Shelter to him that hath not where to lie;
Sunlight, and mountain-air, and laughing Spring,
To limbs escaped from dark captivity;
The olive brand the dove with drooping wing
Brought to the dwellers of the wand'ring Ark:
Such joy was thine COLUMBUS, when thine eyes,
Through many a peril past, first from thy bark
Beheld the morning sun in glory rise
Upon the land of hope — thy canvas furl'd,
And proudly trod the earth — a new-found world!
1830.