1806 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Richard Polwhele

W. M. T., "Sonnet. On reading Polwhele's Influence of Local Attachment" The Monthly Magazine 21 (May 1806) 326.



Yes, yes, the beating breast must feel a glow
Of nameless rapture, at the sight of home,
Of those lov'd scenes where childhood's vernal bloom
Was pass'd, ere manhood brought its load of woe:—
Or the sad heart must feel a painful throe,
Amid the woods, or thro' the paths to roam,
The haunts to early love no longer known;—
But ah! such joy, or pain, I ne'er can know—
A wretched outcast 'mid this world of care,
Nor home nor parent's smile can call my own;
Torn from their arms, my infant limbs reclin'd
In curs'd dependence: — I was forc'd to share
Of wealthier friends, alike the boon and frown—
Then say what spot can my attachment bind?