1829 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

A. P., in "The Progress of Poetry" American Monthly Magazine [Boston] 1 (December 1829) 645-46.



And a wayward comet was flashing there—
And he shone upon the sea;
Where a spectre-bark, like a thing of air,
Was moving wearily;
He shot away, from sphere to sphere
With a strange and reckless speed;
With a flight of beauty — a flight of fear—
Where none had dared to lead;
And every ray that from him fell,
Went into the soul, like a secret spell.