1810 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Milton

R. Rylance, "Sonnet. Written in Ludlow Castle" Morning Chronicle (13 November 1810).



Here MILTON sung — what needs a greater spell
To lure thee, stranger, to these far-fam'd walls,
Though chroniclers of other ages tell
That Princes oft have grac'd fair Ludlow's halls.
Their honours glide along oblivion's stream,
And o'er the wrecks a tide of Ruin drives;
Faint and more faint the rays of glory beam
That gild their course — the Bard alone survives.
And when the rude unceasing shocks of Time
In one vast heap shall whelm this lofty pile,
Still shall his Genius, tow'ring and sublime,
Triumphant o'er the spoils of grandeur smile:
Still in these haunts, true to a nation's tongue,
Echo shall love to dwell, and say — here MILTON sung.
R. R.
October, 1810.