1830 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. George Crabbe

A. P., in "The Progress of Poetry" American Monthly Magazine [Boston] 2 (December 1830) 604.



And one shone down on the flocks and fields
With a searchingness of gaze—
Like a sun that a gloomy brightness yields,
Through a sea-arisen haze.
He lighted up the laborer's face,
And the hut decayed and low,
And the sick and the dead with a lurid blaze,
Like the fire of a volcano;
His light was strong, and yet did it fall,
And give of its beam to a circle small.