1808 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Thomas Stott, "Sonnet. On Reading Mr. Coleridge's beautiful Ode entitled 'France'" Walker's Hibernian Magazine (August 1808) 501.



"That strain once more!" it had no dying fall;
Tremendous minstrelsy! it shook my frame—
'Twas Freedom struck the shell in her high hall—
On wing of fire the sound electric came,
And pierc'd my inmost soul, and rous'd to flame
Her finest, purest, noblest feelings all.
"That strain once more!" — O may it rouse the world!
Ah no! great minstrel cease! — the spell is broke—
Gallia for liberty has bled in vain—
In vain from their red thrones her tyrants hurl'd!
Behold, submissive, to the slavish yoke
Her victor neck she tamely bends again:
And now, Helvetia! (dire portent for thee!)
Marks, with malignant eye, thy struggle to be free.
HAFIZ.