1820 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Campbell

Anonymous, "Lines addressed to Mr. Campbell and Mr. Rogers" La Belle Assemblee NS 21 (April 1820) 177.



Delightful bards, who ably have reveal'd
The nectar'd sweets that Hope and Mem'ry yield,
Those bright twin-stars, which light this lower sphere,
And which, like you, life's way-worn trav'ller cheer;
Ye! who so well could paint in glowing hues
Our past and future panoramic views.
On you may Heav'n its choicest blessings shower,
With each enjoyment of the present hour,
And give, of all the gifts to mortals sent,
The first and best, the pleasures of content;
And like the summer sun's declining rays,
While Mem'ry gilds the ev'ning of your days,
May Hope, the morning star, your course illume,
And point to endless bliss, beyond the tomb.