1788 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Hamilton Reid

Philomela, "Sonnet, addressed to W. H. R. The English Burns" Gentleman's Magazine 58 (December 1788) 1104.



Thou, for whose brow the Muse hath deign'd to twine
A wreath, not flaunting, tho' the spell-wrought bowl
That Spenser warm'd, and Milton's magic soul
Hath charm'd thy flight; — whose imagery is thine,
Strong in disdain of those whose phlegm surveys,
As far too glaring such luxuriance bright;—
The vein that sparkles thro' thy native lays,
Refulgent hence, may 'lume thy pen'ry's night:
Haply a Sydney's, or a Somers' care,
Collect thy sweetness for each genial mind,
Now lonely wasting on the desert air!
Is modish Taste to Nature's beauties blind?
Tho' the trim gardens smoother liveries wear,
Her verdure lives, when they're on earth reclin'd.