ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Isabel, "To the Author of Alnwick Castle" The New-York Mirror and Ladies' Literary Gazette 4 (24 March 1827) 280.
1819 ca.: Joseph Rodman Drake
1825 ca.: Felicia Hemans
1827: James Gordon Brooks
1836: Washington Irving
1836: William Cullen Bryant
1836: Isaac Clark Pray
1836: Edgar Allan Poe
1846: Edgar Allan Poe
1849: Joseph C. Cogswell
1864: Nathaniel Parker Willis
1868: William Cullen Bryant
1878: John Greenleaf Whittier
1882: Epes Sargent
1827: Fitz-Greene Halleck
I have listened, bard, to thy witching lute,
Till rapt in ecstacy—
And my own frail harp would not be mute
Till it spoke of its thanks to thee!
Thy verse shall live for many a day,
Long after thou art dead:
Like thy own "Wild rose of Alloway,"
Which still a fragrance shed
When its stem was withered and its life was past,
And its loveliness and bloom;
Just so thy verse shall far outlast
Thyself — and e'en thy tomb!
Thine is the magic power that steals
So sweetly o'er the heart—
Till it smiles and weeps, and deeply feels
It can't resist thy art.
A potent spell is that of mind,
When joined with poesy:
Like that of beauty — chaste, refined—
In robes of purity!
Then Halleck, hail! — all hail to thee!
Thou hast but few compeers;
Thou art the precious aloe-tree
That blooms in a hundred years!