1813 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Philip Sidney

William Cameron, in "Poet's Manual" Poems (1813) 109.



While Anglia's sceptre sage Eliza sway'd,
A shepherd sung in Gothic garb array'd
Wide thro' the air he wav'd a wizzard-wand,
Pluck'd from a stem that grac'd th' Ausonian strand;
When Fairyland was sudden seen to rise,
A new creation strange to human eyes.
Sidney alone enraptur'd could descry
The forms aerial thro' the dubious sky.
He placed the laurel on the Poet's brow,
Caus'd Bounty's stream around his field to flow.
But ruthless Rigour with succeeding sway,
Ravag'd his fold and dragg'd his flocks away,
Left him to wail, hence reft of all relief,
While sadly Mulla murmured to his grief.