1825 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bernard Barton

Chandos Leigh, "Verses to Bernard Barton" Leigh, Third Epistle (1825) 30.



Unlike indeed the meteor light
That dazzles to betray;
Thou art a star to bless our sight,
And lead us on our way.

Mild are the breathings of thy lyre
Thou gentle Bard, yet strong
Thy verse, whene'er thy "muse of fire"
To Heaven directs her song.

Thou hast not drunk, as others have,
From pleasure's poison'd chalice;
Nor dost thou, misanthropic rave
Against imagin'd malice.

How stainless thy poetic wreath!
How beautiful its hue;
Unsullied by the world's gross breath,
It looks for ever new.