1818 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Oliver Goldsmith

Francis Hodgson, in Childe Harold's Monitor (1818) 49.



Can Goldsmith, tenderest child of Nature's race,
Who casts a mellow light, a dying grace
O'er rural solitudes, and haunted groves,
Where manhood weeps for youth's deserted loves—
Can he, who lent Simplicity a spell,
That, haply, echoed from the Cean shell,
But, wafted down the o'erwhelming tide of time,
Sounds in fleet murmurs to our distant clime;
Can he, who marked the impassable domain,
Where Nature leaves, and Folly finds the strain—
Can Goldsmith, Harold! cease to charm thy soul?
Left without rudder thus, or chart's controul,
To wander on, o'er seas of tuneful space,
Where faithless beacon-lights pervert thy rapid race!
—Where Scott, the Kelpie, from his coral caves
Springs, to deform the calmness of the waves;
Lends roar and roughness to the narrow reign,
But rolls no billows of the mighty main—