1824 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Campbell

Bernard M. Carter, in "The Wag's Poem" Poems by Bernard M. Carter of Virginia (1824) 30-35.



But do let's listen Campbell sing
That lovely wondrous Wyoming;
See noble Outalissi bring
His helpless charge on Warrior's wing,
And stooping from the towering height,
Of Eagle covering in his might,
To gentleness that dove-like thing,
And all his pinions softening,
Their mantle o'er the minion wave,
To guard that hope of Waldegrave!
Inhaling from lost Julia's sigh
Its balm — and beam that lit her eye
With Hope's last ray of Nature's love,
To claim his pity for her Dove;
The same who soon in Gertrude's grove,
The sweet fidelity should prove,
That arms the Turtle's nest with love;
Or an Iberian-buskin'd blade,
Would seek in Susquehanna's shade,
A shelter from dread Fortune's frowns,
And sweet Gertrude prefer to crowns—