1823 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Percy Bysshe Shelley

John Watson Dalby, "Sonnet, to the Author of Valperga" The Literary Chronicle 5 (3 May 1823) 287.



Oh, for a lyric glorious as his, thine own
Beloved and lost one! whom the treacherous wave
Snatched from the earth and thee; — a lyre which gave
Wild music to the world, whose every tone
Thrills yet in Memory's ear, lovely and lone!—
Oh, for a lyre as fine! that I might wave
All doubt and fear, and tell of feelings grave,
And lofty thoughts and pure, to me unknown,
Till thy unequalled genius kindled them.
Oh, woman's love and man's capricious heart
Were never painted with more searching truth
Than by thy gifted pencil. Critic phlegm
May mock this genuine power with worthless art,
For 'tis endued with an undying youth!