1814 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. James Grahame

M. D., "Sonnet on the Character of James Graham" Scots Magazine 76 (January 1814) 56.



To Thee, whose frame by keen emotions worn
Could ill the beatings of the wave sustain,
Repugnant was the restless toil for gain,
Ambitious path all chilling and forlorn!
And weary, flat, unprofitable, stale
The base delights that grovelling minds enchain!—
Therefore thou soughtst afar the sylvan reign,
And dwelt with VIRTUE in life's peaceful vale.—
Pure and Exalted spirit! Thou art gone!
But yet immortal reliques blossom here
Unfading as the glories of the year,
By which to every land thy worth is known,
And souls, to Virtue roused, are borne on high!—
Thus, even on earth, O GRAHAME! Thou couldst not wholly die.