1827 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Campbell

R. M., "To Thomas Campbell, Esq. on his first Election to the Office of Lord Rector of the University of Glasgow" 1827; Edinburgh Literary Journal (20 December 1828) 84.



How strange, my friend, when life we backward trace!—
Perch'd o'er thy boy-compeers I saw thee sit
In thy first honours, even then, our Wit
And Poet styled, with tiny cherub-face
And eye, whence genius laugh'd in pensive grace;
Thence didst thou early soar the height which it
Prompted, while round thee HOPE'S young visions flit.
Now, after many years, thy brilliant race
Of glory gains the seat of proudest name
In thine own Glasgow, — lower yet than Fame
Has long assign'd thee in the foremost ranks
Of Britain's bards! — Ask not my tale: I sate
Beside thee, Censor — no mean vaunt; and Fate,
That lets me see thy triumphs, has my thanks.
May 15, 1827.