1818 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Walter Scott

P. G. P., "Sonnet to Walter Scott, Esq." Literary Panorama NS 7 (March 1818) 981.



Sweetest of minstrels, strike the harp again!
The northern harp! Hie to St. Fillan's spring,
And o'er its chords thy magic fingers fling,
Waking, as erst, its more than mortal strain,
Oh strike the harp, till the resounding plain,
The woods, the vallies, and the mountains ring
With the beloved notes, for they do bring
Ease to my world-tired spirit; they restrain
The guilty murmurings of my care-vexed heart;
They raise its sinking hopes — they hush its fears
Its ever-changing doubts they bid depart—
And, while they sleep mine eyes in thoughtful tears
Revive the music of wind, grove, and stream,
That, blended, linger on my memory like a dream.