1802 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Cowper

Anonymous, "Sonnet to the River Ouse" European Magazine 41 (March 1802) 208.



Pensive thy willow-fringed banks along
At eve I've stray'd, and thought of him, the pride
Of slowly-winding Ouse's silver tide,
Charm'd with the magic of his heavenly song.
While o'er my head the willows gently wave,
I trace thy verdant banks with eager feet,
And cull each blooming flow'r, and vernal sweet,
To weave a garland for his sylvan grave.
There oft has Fancy pictur'd to my sight
His form, his phrenzied eye, and gentle mien;
And care upon his languid brow was seen,
While lofty caroll'd the lone bird of night.
Peace to thy shade, sweet Bard! May endless fame
Record thy virtues, and thy deathless name!
Feb. 27th.