1832 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Hazlitt

John Hamilton Reynolds?, Lines written under the Picture of William Hazlitt" The Athenaeum (19 May 1832) 321.



It minds me of my boyhood! He had then
A smile for me, which, while it saw me child,
Acknowledged me companion. As you'd lift
An urchin, whom you saw on tiptoe strain
To catch a glimpse of some rare sight, alone
Within the range of manly vision; — so
Raised he my urchin mind — made up to it
For lack of stature, and enabled it
To trow the shows and pageants of the Muse,
Smit with the love of her, ere yet I knew
Her quality or name.