1840 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Rogers

Caroline Norton, "To Samuel Rogers" 1840 ca.; Clayden, Rogers and his Contemporaries (1889) 2:288.



Who can forget, who at thy social board
Hath sat and seen the pictures richly stored
In all their tints of glory and of gloom,
Brightening the precincts of thy quiet room?
With busts and statues full of that deep grace
Which modern hands have lost the skill to trace:
Fragments of beauty, perfect as thy song
On that sweet land to which they did belong.
The exact and classic taste by thee displayed
Not with a rich man's idle, fond, parade;
Not with the pomp of some vain connoisseur,
Proud of his bargains, of his judgment sure,
But with the feeling kind and sad of one
Who through far countries wandering hath gone,
And brought away dear keepsakes to remind
His heart and home of all he has left behind.