1820 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Gray

Alexander Balfour, "Sonnet to the Memory of Gray" 1820 ca.; Edinburgh Literary Journal (24 April 1830) 248.



Sweet Bard! who sung "the rosy-bosom'd hours;"
Who loved thy retrospective eye to fling
O'er classic Eton's "spires and antique towers,"
While former days "waved fresh their gladsome wing;"
Who sung "Adversity, resistless power!"
Poetic "thoughts that breathe, and words that burn;"
Whose "Bard" sublime could "life indignant spurn,"
And "Cambria's curse" hurl in the "arrowy shower,"
But chief, "who, mindful of the unhonour'd dead,"
Could pensively thy twilight vigils keep;
And musing sigh above the "lowly bed,"
Where "rude forefathers of the hamlet sleep;"
Thy name shall live, on Fame's broad pinions borne,
And on thy grave shall smile the "incense-breathing morn."