1819 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

James Hogg

Robert Pearse Gillies, "On seeing a Spark fall from Mr. Hogg's Pipe" Blackwood's Magazine 5 (May 1819) 206.



Hush'd were the scenes around; — a slumbrous dream
Reign'd like the stillness of an autumn day;—
Each man had yielded to the tranquil sway
Of silent thought; — when, with a yellow gleam
Like that of an October morn, a stream
Of living fire, with supernatural ray,
Flow'd from the Shepherd's Pipe — one spark did seem
A wandering comet, ere it died away.
And, like that spark, my feeble morbid spirit
Lingers upon oblivion's dusky shore;—
But thou, my friend, by nature didst inherit
The robe that SHAKSPEARE, BURNS, and SPENSER wore!—
Learn to write sonnets, HOGG, and thou shalt merit
Applause, with deathless PETRARCH evermore!