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WILLIAM LISLE BOWLES. [THE Rev. William Lisle Bowles was born at
King's Button in 1761. His chief work is his Sonnets, first
published in 1789. He died at Salisbury in 1850.] It was the candle
of Bowles that lit the fire of Coleridge. We have it on record in
the Biographia Lileraria that to the author of The Ancient Mariner,
bewildered at seventeen between metaphysics and theological
controversy, and utterly out of sympathy with the artificialities
of the Popesque school, the early sonnets of Bowles came almost in
the light of a revelation. In a copy preserved at South Kensington
he writes of them later as ' having done his heart more good than
all the other books he ever read excepting his Bible.' Those who
to-day turn to the much-praised verses will scarcely find in their
pensive amenity that enduring charm which they presented to the
hungry and restless soul of Coleridge, seeking its fitting food in
unpropitious places. They exhibit a grace of expression, a delicate
sensibility, and above ail a ' musical sweet melancholy' that is
especially grateful in certain moods of mind; but with lapse of
time and change of fashion they have grown a little thin and faint
and colourless. Of Bowles's remaining works it is not necessary to
speak. He was overmatched in his controversy with Byron as to Pope,
and the blunt 'Stick to thy sonnets, Bowles, ?at least they pay" of
the former must be accepted as the final word upon the poetical
efforts of the cultivated and amiable Canon of Salisbury. Austin
Dobson. Written At Ostend. How sweet the tuneful bells responsive
peal! As when at opening morn, the fragrant breeze Breathes on the
trembling sense of pale disease, So piercing to my heart their
force I feel! And hark ! with lessening cadence now they fall '.
And now along the wh...
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