1777 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Warton

Anonymous, "Sonnet on Warton's Poems. In imitation of Spenser" London Chronicle (10 July 1777) 40.



Methought I saw the grave where heavenly Gray,
Mantled in black oblivion, calmly slept;
O'er the damp turf in deepest sorrow lay
The Muse, and her immortal minion wept:
In vain, from Harewood's tangled allies wild,
Devonia's virgins breath'd the choral song;
In vain, from Mona's precipices pil'd,
Hoar Mador's harp its shrilling echo rung.—
When, sudden-stealing o'er the welkin wide,
New magic strains were heard from Isis' verge,
The mourning maid forgot her funeral dirge,
And smiling sweet, as erst, with conscious pride,
Press'd from her auburn hair the nightly dew,
And trimm'd her wreath of hyacinth anew.