1806 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Cowper

Sobrino, "Sonnet addressed to the Lyre of the Cowper" Poetical Register and Repository of Fugitive Poetry for 1806-07 (1811) 181.



Lyre of the Bard, who swell'd his lay divine
On the green banks of gentle-flowing Ouse,
Say now what second owner wilt thou chuse
His fingers midst thy widow'd strings to twine?
Vain were the wish, I ween, to call thee mine;
For O! what suitor of the smiling Muse,
Tho' sprinkled oft with Heliconian dews,
Could draw such strains from thee as once were thine?
Still then upon thy native willows hang,
While thro' thy chords the murmuring winds complain,
For him, who once to thy soft numbers sang,
And pour'd with wond'rous art his holy strain,
Well-skill'd to sooth affliction's bitter pang,
Or check the growth of Folly's madd'ning reign!