1830 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bernard Barton

Charles Crocker, "Written after reading Barton's Poems" Crocker, The Vale of Obscurity (1830) 106.



Who can describe the more than magic charm
With which the pious Poet's glowing song
In willing thraldom holds, and bears along
The heart with sympathetic feeling warm?
Its influence on the rapt Enthusiast's mind
Disarms adversity of half its power—
Life's thorny path bedecks with many a flower,
And opes the source of joys the most refin'd.
Thus heaven-taught Bards with power triumphant reign,
In guiltless glory blest, — and thus attain
The bright reward of high and holy fame.
So Milton, Cowper, and a gifted few,
Inspir'd by Truth, seraphic raptures knew;
And, Barton, we may add to these thy name!