1804 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Milton

Anonymous, "Sonnet, on framing the engraved Heads of Milton and Shakespeare" Port Folio [Philadelphia] 4 (17 March 1804) 88.



Thou, who on seraph pinion dauntless flew
From heaven's high throne to hell's dominion drear
That thou might'st bring to our astonish'd view
All we now hope, with all we had to fear.
And thou, sweet bard, his only fit compeer,
Who nature's scenes in all their changes drew,
Whose fancy, unconfin'd to one wide sphere
"Exhausted worlds, and then imagin'd new."
Sons of true Genius! heirs of deathless Fame!
Here shall your chosen portraitures be plac'd,
By all the graphic skill of Albion grac'd.
Albion, that sounds through Europe her acclaim,
While Europe wafts it o'er the Atlantic main,
And echoing millions catch the boastful strain.