1814 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Campbell

John Gwilliam, in "To William Gifford, Celebrated Critic" Gwilliam, Bower of Bliss (1814) 244-45.



Then, Campbell! wake thee from thy trance, nor call
That task unworthy, which is worthy all!
Where is there one amidst the chosen band,
That sweeps the lyre with a chaster hand?
That feels like him, or can so well portray
The various passions, and their separate sway,
Wake in the bosom such heroic fire,
Or teach the drooping spirit to aspire,—
And, least attempting, can with greater ease,
Produce the song to interest and please?