1795 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Southey

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "Sonnets to Eminent Characters. No. X. To Robert Southey, of Baliol College, Oxford" Morning Chronicle (14 January 1795).



SOUTHEY! thy melodies steal o'er mine ear,
Like far off joyance, or the murmuring
Of wild Bees in the sunny show'rs of Spring—
Sounds of such mingled import, as may cheer
The lonely breast — yet rouse a mindful tear:
Wak'd by the Song doth Hope-born FANCY fling
Rich show'rs of dewy fragrance from her wing,
'Till sickly PASSION'S drooping Myrtle's fear
Blossom anew! But, O! more thrill'd, I prize
Thy sadder strains, that bid in MEM'RY'S Dream
The faded forms of past Delight arise;
Then soft, on LOVE'S pale cheek, the tearful gleam
Of Pleasure smiles — as, faint, yet beauteous lies
The imag'd Rainbow on a willowy stream.
S. T. C.