1830 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Campbell

John Wright, "Extempore Lines, composed on reading Campbell's Pleasures of Hope" Wright, The Retrospect (1830) 135.



Tom Campbell! we part!
But the memory of thee
Is lodged in my heart,
As a gem in the sea.

Oh! who would not roam
In thy heaven-beaming ray,
Through that Eden, whose beauty
Shall never decay?

Fairyland! but not phantoms
Are hovering there,—
Realities lovely
As fiction most fair.

Tom Campbell! I'll love thee
Till life's latest breath,
Nor fear, if I see thee,
Hope's semblance! in death.