1827 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Hood

Edward Moxon, "Sonnet to T. Hood Esq. written after reading his Plea of the Midsummer Faries" The Literary Chronicle 9 (25 August 1827) 543.



Delightful Bard! what praises meet are thine,
More than my verse can sound to thee belong;
Well hast thou pleaded, with a tongue divine,
In this thy sweet and newly breathed song,
Where like the stream smooth numbers gliding throng;
Gather'd methinks I see the elfin race,
With the immortal standing them among,
Smiling benign with more than courtly grace;
Rescued I see them — all their gambols trace,
With their fair Queen Titania in her bower,
And all their avocations small embrace,
Pictur'd by thee with a Shakspearean power—
O, when the time shall come thy soul must flee,
Then may some hidden spirit plead for thee.
E. M.