1816 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Wordsworth

John Hamilton Reynolds, "Sonnet, to Wordsworth" The Champion (18 February 1816) 54.



O, Wordsworth! when my heart hath been oppress'd
With many griefs, — and all the world look'd sad:
To thee I've owed a mild return of rest,
And of young Hope, soft smiling; thou hast clad
My heart with quietness, — and given my breast
A proneness to be gentle, if not glad.
Long in thy mountain solitude may'st then
Live happy! Peace the guardian of thy hours!
And may the roses, and the jasmine's flowers,
Creep kindly o'er thy cot, and fragrance throw
To the free air, that best of earthly dowers!
May sound of green leaves rustling on the bough,—
And song of birds, — and distant waterfall;—
Cheer thee; and pure affections blend with all!