1818 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. James Grahame

Thomas Park, "To the Author of The Sabbath" Park, Nugae Modernae (1818) 83.



When as a letter'd stranger thou wert sought,
Ingenuous Grahame! much though I admir'd
Thy sober sense, though much my heart desir'd
Again to greet thee, — little was I taught
That thou hadst claims upon my better thought
Of more than mortal binding; that, inspir'd
By heavenly musings, thou hadst oft retir'd,
Like him in holy vision upward caught,
And commun'd with thy Maker: while each field
Became a temple consecrate with praise;
Each grove an altar, which could incense yield
To the great Shepherd! — Oh, may I oft raise
My feeble voice in fellowship divine,
While the rapt sabbath of the soul is thine!