1820 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Wordsworth

Jeremiah Holmes Wiffen, "Sonnet" The Sun (22 July 1820).



With thee, divine Philosopher, I gazed
Upon the mighty hills at dying day:
The prodigal elements around us lay
Rock'd like a babe to slumber; the sky blazed,
Rich with vermilion fires, whose hue embraced
Woods, rocks, — the lake in its romantic pride,—
And then a flying sunbeam we descried
Brightening up half the valley: Night erased
Too soon the expressive picture, but to my heart
Locked it as in the casket of sweet thought,
Sacred to future fancy. Hast thou part
In the fine dream, or is it all forgot?
Oft on the fairy Spectacle I brood,
The flowers, the hills return — vale — water — wood—
And then — the beautiful Genius of the spot.