1811 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Walter Scott

John Taylor Esq., "Sonnet to Walter Scott, Esq. on his Poem of The Vision of Don Roderick" The Sun (20 December 1811).



BARD OF THE NORTH! who wont, with strange delight,
On legends rude of ruffian chiefs to pore,
And form thy lays by ditties quaint of yore,
That well might perish in oblivious night;
Since thou has ventur'd on a prouder flight,
In realms of genuine poesy to soar,
He greets thee now who dar'd rebuke before,*
Assur'd thy Muse could reach a nobler height.
Hadst thou first struck thy LUSITANIAN lyre,
He 'gainst thee ne'er had rais'd a hostile hand,
But joy'd to guard thy wreaths from envious ire;
And glad he sees thee take thy rightful stand,
For none with purer Zeal thy pow'rs admire,
High on the roll with Britain's tuneful band.
T.

* The Caledonian Comet.