1801 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Joseph Warton

Anonymous, "Sonnet, written in Dr. Warton's Root-house, very early in the Morning of June 7, 1801" Gentleman's Magazine 72 (December 1802) 1143.



Genius of WARTON! from yon radiant sphere,
Where kindred spirits from thy magic shell
Such sweet poetic tales of Fancy hear,
As whilom thou wast deftly wont to tell,
Secluded in this vine-encircled bow'r;
This bow'r, Oh! deign to visit yet again,
That seems — or is't Imagination's pow'r?
Still seems to vibrate with thy lyric strain.
And with thee bring such soul-enchanting lays
As only for celestial harps are meet,
When Angels hymn their great Creator's praise,
And Heav'n's own King with tuneful numbers greet.
Oh! come, and with the music of the skies
My soul dissolve in sacred extacies!