1818 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Alexander Pope

Francis Hodgson, in Childe Harold's Monitor (1818) 34.



Clad in such arms, thy strong aetherial strain,
Complete as Pallas from the Thunderer's brain,
Leapt out, immortal Pope! Thou vanished Power,
Oh! for one hour of thee, for one short hour,
To flash that Aegis at thy living foes,
And stretch them in the dust from whence they rose,
Robbed of that slimy life they trail along
O'er the pure marble of thy faultless song.