1810 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Cowper

Dr. Randolph of Bath, "Verses on receiving a Print of Cowper, engraved from a Sketch painted by Lawrence" Poetical Register for 1810-11 (1814) 274.



Sweet Bard! whose mind, thus pictur'd in thy face,
O'er every feature spreads a nobler grace;
Whose keen, yet soften'd, eye appears to dart
A look of pity through the human heart,
To search the secrets of man's inward frame,
To weep with sorrow o'er his guilt and shame;
Sweet Bard! with whom in sympathy of choice,
I oft have left the world at nature's voice,
To join the song that all her creatures raise,
To carol forth the great Creator's praise;
Or, wrapt in visions of eternal day,
Have gaz'd on truth in Zion's heavenly way;
Sweet Bard! may this thine image, all I know,
Or ever may, of Cowper here below,
Teach one who views it with a Christian's love,
To seek and find thee in the realms above!