1810 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Alexander Fraser Tytler

Mary Russell Mitford, "To the late Honourable Alexander Fraser Tytler, Lord Woodhouselee, on his removal from the Civil to the Criminal Bench" Poetical Register for 1810-11 (1814) 170.



Sweet is the sound, when by Valclusa's cell,
Where Sorga's murmuring waters softly glide,
The sighing breeze now sweeps the rock's tall side,
Now faintly mingles with the river's swell.
Each mournful sound of Laura seems to tell,
Of Petrarch, constancy's and learning's pride!
And of that love so pure yet so decried,
Which woke to Laura's name his peerless shell.
Champion of Petrarch's vindicated fame,
Most deeply hast thou felt its melody—
Now sweeter dearer sounds thine ear shall claim,
When stainless innocence, from danger free,
When rescued penitence shall breath thy name,
And pour one trembling prayer for Woodhouselee.