1794 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edmund Burke

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "Sonnets on Eminent Characters. II" Morning Chronicle (9 December 1794).



As late I lay in Slumber's shadowy Vale,
With wetted cheek and in a mourner's guise,
I saw the sainted Form of FREEDOM rise:
She spake! not sadder moans th' autumnal gale:—

"Great son of Genius! sweet to me thy name,
Ere in an evil hour, with alter'd voice,
Thou badst Oppression's hireling crew rejoice,
Blasting with wizard spells my laurell'd fame.

"Yet never, BURKE! thou drankst Corruption's bowl!
Thee stormy Pity, and the cherish'd lure
Of Pomp, and proud Precipitance of soul
Urg'd on with wild'ring fires. Ah, Spirit pure!

"That Error's mist had left thy purged eye—
So might I clasp thee with a Mother's joy!"
Jesus College, Cambridge.