1775 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Horace Walpole

Philotrantus, "Coliana: To the honourable and ingenious Author of the Castle of Otranto" 1775 ca.; The Monthly Magazine 18 (November 1804) 304.



Thou sweet enchanter! at whose nod
The airy train of phantoms rise;
Who dost but wave thy potent rod,
And marble bleeds, and canvas sighs.
By thee decoy'd, with curious fear,
We tread thy castle's dreary round:
Though horrid all we see and hear,
Thy horrors charm, while they confound.
Full well hast thou pursued the rod,
The magic road thy master laid;
And hast, with grateful skill, bestow'd
An offering worthy of his shade.
Again his manners he may trace,
Again his characters, may see,
In soft Matild, Miranda's grace,
And his own Prospero in thee.