1823 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Charles Lamb

Bernard Barton, "To Elia" London Magazine 7 (February 1823) 194.



Delightful Author! — unto whom I owe
Moments and moods of fancy and of feeling
Afresh to grateful memory now appealing,
Fain would I "bless thee — ere I let thee go!"
From month to month has the exhaustless flow
Of thy original mind, its wealth revealing,
With quaintest humour, and deep pathos healing
The world's rude wounds, revived Life's early glow:
And, mixt with this, at times, to earnest thought
Glimpses of truth, most simple and sublime,
By thy imagination have been brought
Over my spirit. From the olden time
Of Authorship thy Patent should be dated,
And thou with Marvell, Browne, and Burton, mated.