1828 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

James Hogg

John C. M'Call, "Written on a Leaf of The Pilgrims of the Sun" Fleurette and other Rymes (1828) 46.



In mood eccentric when wild Fancy once
Her fair seat left amid the golden clouds,
And on her playful wing hung o'er the haunts
Of men, — now perching on the snow-topped height,
Then in dark ocean's bosom plunging deep,
Till reached the cave where great Leviathan
Rests from th' exertion of his monstrous strength
In playful mood, while fluttering, as she wont
O'er Ettrick's green and wild romantic scenes,
She from her bosom dropped her pen of fire,
Which swiftly falling from the height immense,
Was by the envious winds borne to the feet
Of Ettrick's Bard, — and Fancy for her loss
Still pouts and chides the uncourteous wind.