1814 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Leigh Hunt

M., "To L— H—, Esq. occasioned by the perusal of his second Sonnet to Hampstead" The Examiner (4 September 1814) 570.



Thou warbling lark of Hampstead's airy height,
That in thy prison cage dost sing so well
Its various loveliness of hill and dell,
I marvel not that thou dost seem to slight
Lakes, streams, and rivers; though to me so bright,
So beautiful, the wild and woody cell
Where the small brooklet's nameless waters dwell,
With ivied elms o'erhung and willows light:
For from that bank, so flowery yet so green,
Whose dripping lillies wake the tiny foam,
One distant well-known roof ascends, between
Trees that almost exclude Heaven's azure dome.
'Tis the same charm endears each different scene—
Soon may'st thou feel it all! — the charm of Home.
August 22d, 1814.