1804 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Campbell

Thomas Stott, "Impromptu on reading Mr. Campbell's justly celebrated Poem, The Pleasures of Hope" Daily Advertiser (28 December 1804).



Celestial sounds arrest Attention's ear,
Like those that Saints' departing spirits cheer,
While HOPE'S sweet minstrel strikes the tuneful strings,
With magic power, and his inspiring sings;
Where FORTH'S romantic current winds along
Yon classic bow'rs of science and of song.

SCOTLAND! be proud, possessing such a Bard,
Prize the rare boon with suitable regard.
Tho' fav'ring commerce round thy borders pour
The barter'd wealth of many a distant shore,
Tho' art o'er nature's obstacles prevail,
And industry enrich each cultur'd vale;
Yet all the gifts of commerce, toil, and art,
With fickle fortune may again depart:
But CAMPBELL'S song, to time's conclusive round,
Shall render thee immortal and renown'd.
HAFIZ.