1822 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Milton

W. W., "On the Bust of Milton, in age, and blind, in the Library at Stourhead" The Sun (21 December 1822).



"AND ART THOU HE, oh! fall'n on evil days,"
And chang'd by time? Yet what do that pale cheek,
(For so it seems,) and that calm forehead, speak?
A SPIRIT reckless of Man's praise, or blame,
(And though those sightless eyes to the moth's blaze,
Their dark orbs roll in vain), a SPIRIT, meek
To Heav'n's high bidding, and intent to seek
In solitude, or age, or through the ways
Of cold Aversity, th' approving look
Of thy great Master, and the conscious pride
Of wisdom, patient and content to brook
All griefs, to that sole Master's task applied;
In sight of Heav'n, these shew th' unchang'd mind,
MILTON, though thou art old, and poor, and blind!