1834 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Charles Lamb

Henry Francis Cary, "Lines to the Memory of Charles Lamb" 1834; R. W. King, The Translator of Dante (1925) 253.



So should it be, my gentle friend;
Thy leaf last closed at Sydney's end.
Thou too, like Sydney, wouldst have given
The water, thirsting and near heaven;
Nay were it wine, fill'd to the brim,
Thou hadst look'd hard, but given, like him.

And art thou mingled then among
Those famous sons of ancient song?
And do they gather round, and praise
Thy relish of their nobler lays?
Waxing in mirth to hear thee tell
With what strange mortals thou didst dwell!
At thy quaint sallies more delighted,
Than any's long among them lighted!

'Tis done: and thou hadst join'd a crew
To whom thy soul was justly due;
And yet I think, where'er thou be,
They'll scarcely love thee more than we.