ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Walter Savage Landor
Anonymous, "Ode on the Publication of the Noble Work of W. S. Landor" The Examiner (13 June 1824) 376.
Walter Savage Landor:
1801: Alexander Thomson
1802: Anna Seward
1808: Robert Southey
1814: Leigh Hunt
1820: Thomas Love Peacock
1824: William Wordsworth
1824: William Hazlitt
1828: Leigh Hunt
1833: Allan Cunningham
1834: Samuel Taylor Coleridge
1841: Caroline Bowles Southey
1843: William Wordsworth
1845: George Gilfillan
1851: Dr. David Macbeth Moir
1852: Mary Russell Mitford
1871: S. C. Hall
1872: James T. Fields
1873: Joseph Devey
1880: Richard Monckton Milnes
1882: Epes Sargent
1897: Edward Dowden
A voice unto the ruined world hath spoken
From out the holy temple of old days,
Where Freedom's vestal sleeps and Hope's pure fire decays.
An echo on the Solitude hath broken.
Hark! it hath seized the four swift winds of heaven,
And through the domes of Kings its eagle notes are driven.
The Tyrants of all lands turn pale, and tremble,
As if the shape of their infernal God
Had stalked around their thrones, and drunken earthquake trod.
Who shall awake the song that shall resemble
His that now slumbers on the Achaian shore?
None. — Yet the living calls, and bids us look before.
Sons of the Lyre and Freedom, that would borrow
Dreams of the past, and from the future shrink—
I mourn not that ye mourn, but scorn that we should sink.
Hail we the Bard, that wrapt in ire and sorrow
Nameless hath reached the downward slope of life—
The lord of a great heart, that armeth for the strife!