1765 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Horace Walpole

Philotrantus, "To the Hon. and ingenious Author of the Castle of Otranto" St. James's Chronicle (20 June 1765).



Thou sweet Enchanter! at whose Nod
The airy Train of Phantoms rise,
Who dost but wave thy potent Rod,
And Marble bleeds, and Canvas sighs.

By thee decoy'd, with curious Fear
We tread the Castle's dreary Round
Though horrid all we see and hear,
Thy Horrors charm while they confound.

Full well hast thou pursued the Road,
The magic Road thy Master laid;
And hast, with grateful Skill, bestow'd
An Off'ring worthy of his Shade.

Again his Manners he may trace,
Again his Characters may see,
In soft Matild, Miranda's Grace,
And his own Prospero in thee.