1830 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Gray

B., "Sonnet: on seeing Eton College" The Monthly Magazine NS 10 (September 1830) 319.



With a familiar, but delighted awe,
I first beheld thy Spires, time-tinted Pile;
And moved along thy worn and shadowy aisle
In thoughtful joy; yet not that there I saw
Learning's fair fount — the cradle of old Law—
The spring whence Science, like another Nile,
Came glistening forth through many a dark defile—
Where Critics grew, whose eyes would find a flaw
In perfect Nature: — Not, that gentle day,
On these my spirit's incense was bestowed:—
But on thy line and life, accomplished GRAY!
On thy true Elegy, and touching Ode.
From thee, and from the music of thy lay,
That filled the scene, its fine enchantment flowed.