1798 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Southey

Anonymous, "Milton to Southey" Morning Chronicle (11 May 1798).



SOUTHEY, on whom the flaming Mantle fell,
From my immortal shoulders, while the yoke
Of winged Coursers from that earthy nook
Bore me to this bright seat, where now I dwell
Among those Poets old, who did excel
In Song Heroic; there enjoying sweet
Converse with him whom most I lov'd to meet—
HOMER divine; and sit with her who well
Inspir'd my nightly Visions. Blest young Man,
Gird close that sacred garment; nor be led
To seek for other Dress new-fashioned,
As seems of this late age to be the plan;
Nor garnish it with vain Embroidery—
So may'st thou hope at last these Starry Realms to see.