1813 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Walter Scott

Anonymous, "To Walter Scott, on his Late Disappointment. — A Consolatory Ode" Morning Chronicle (29 September 1813).



The PYE is scarce cold,
Ere two Candidates bold,
Contend which shall take up the Bays;
This, a South-born blade,
That, a bonny bra' lad
From the "sounding Tweed's Northern Braes."*

The PRINCE has decreed
That SOUTHEY succeed,
And all know how this comes to pass,
That NORTHY must yield
To SOUTHEY the field—
'Tis no longer the reign of DUNDAS!

But dinna greet, SCOTT,
Far better's your lot
Than the lot of your laurel'd compeer;
For your stomach would rise,
To be forced to pen lies,
For one paltry hundred a year!

* Note. — "Sounding Tweed." See Horace: Ode to Zollius, lib. iv. ode 9. where he describes himself as "longe sonanrem Natus ad Aufidum." The Aufidus is the modern Ofanto, a river in Italy.