1791 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. Frank Sayers

Anonymous, "Sonnet, to the Author of Dramatic Sketches of Northern Mythology" Gentleman's Magazine 61 (July 1791) 664.



Why is the harp, by Braga's singer strung
With the smooth gold of his Iduna's hair,
On yon pale willow all neglected hung,
And vocal only to the wand'ring air?
Round its sweet tones the list'ning Elves have clung,
What time they to the cooler brim repair
Of moonlight brook, by flow'ry shades o'erswung,
To coil the glittering dance, their summer-care.
Resume it, youth! nor on the mossy shore
Of smoothly-gliding Wensum loitering lie.
Gird on thy crown of bardal oak once more,
Nor leave it on the parching strand to dry.
Lo, Fame, upon the cloudless summit hoar
Of the eternal hill, invites thee to her sky.