1824 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Clare

Jacob Jones, Jun., "Sonnet to Clare, the Northamptonshire Peasant-Poet" Jones, Fall of Constantinople (1824) 77.



Bard of the cottage-sill, and lowly vale,
That, wandering, musest on the daisy's eye!
Home-speaker to the heart! I bid thee, hail!
To the bright ranks of heav'n-thron'd poesy—
And, through thy strict initiation, pray
That, to thy text, the comment thou may'st be;
With modest pride support the gaze of day,
Stedfast, the unaccustom'd sight to see—
Such sight, the callow eaglet of the north
Scarce bore, too near his earliest vision plying,
When his full sun of fame burst sudden forth,
His reeling eye, its giddy glory trying.
Take warning of his scath — and ever be
Mentor, in word and deed, of stern morality.