1809 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Campbell

Arthur Owen, "Sonnet, to Thomas Campbell, Esq." The Monthly Magazine 28 (September 1809) 191.



Yes! I should ill requite thee for thy lay,
Of varied melody, and feeling theme,
So wont, when clouded seem'd life's early way,
To shed around Hope's consecrated beam,
Were not my song to hail thee. Bard of fire,
Since Dryden's mastery from responsive lyre
Drew music, never on the tranced ear
Fell tones, like thine, energic to confess,
The throb of nature, chilling now with fear,
Melting anon with very tenderness!
As Fancy strays o'er transatlantic clime,
(The picture living from thy pencil glows,)
How oft shall Memory tell the tender rhyme,
How oft shall Pity weep for Gertrude' woes!