1795 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Godwin

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "Sonnets to Eminent Characters. No. IX. To William Godwin, Author of Political Justice" Morning Chronicle (10 January 1795).



O! form'd t' illume a sunless world forlorn,
As o'er the chill and dusky brow of Night,
In Finland's wintry skies, the Mimic Morn
Electric pours a stream of rosy light,
Pleas'd I have mark'd OPPRESSION, terror-pale,
Since, thro' the windings of her dark machine,
Thy steady eye has shot its glances keen—
And bade th' All-lovely "scenes at distance hail."
Now will I not thy holy guidelines bless,
And hymn thee, GODWIN! with an ardent Lay;
For that thy voice, in Passion's stormy day,
When wild I roam'd the bleak Health of Distress,
Bade the bright form of JUSTICE meet my way—
And told me, that her name was HAPPINESS.
S. T. C.