1816 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Milton

B., "Sonnet. To Milton" The Champion (30 June 1816) 206.



To me, great Milton! oh! how dear thou art!
Thou man of lofty thinking! Liberty,
A living light, beamed strongly in thine eye!
Thy soul, sustain'd by holiest thought, could dart,
And fetch from Heaven a fire to warm man's heart
With thy own stirring spirit! Memory,
On thy great deeds reflecting, stills her sigh—
Lest in a dream, she almost acts thy part!
Thou hadst the largest mind, exalted man,
That ever moved, a spirit, on the face
Of troubled waters; for the deepest place
Beneath the waves, whence Truth's pure spring began,
Thy steady eye undauntedly could trace;
By prejudice untouched, could calmly scan!