1823 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Campbell

A. E. I., "Sonnet to Campbell" The Literary Chronicle 5 (4 October 1823) 636.



Oh, bard of Hope, that spell to which we cling
In all our dangers, toil, and suffering!
But faintly can my timid verse express
How ravishing and soft's thy poesy!
How pleasing in its strength and loftiness!
How classic in its glowing purity!
There genius glows, like summer's brightest sky,
And nature, join'd with art, adorns the strain,
Graceful, as beauty mourning others' pain,
Thrilling as tender words from those we love,
And sweet as distant music, when we rove
At eve upon the banks of some broad river,
And wish the harmony would last for ever.