1833 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Rogers

Charles Lamb, "To T. Stothard, Esq. on his Illustrations of the Poems of Mr. Rogers" Athenaeum (21 December 1833) 871.



Consummate Artist, whose undying name
With classic Rogers shall go down to fame,
Be this thy crowning work! In my young days
How often have I with a child's fond gaze
Pored on the pictured wonders thou hadst done:
Clarissa mournful, and prim Grandison!
All Fielding's, Smollett's heroes, rose to view;
I saw, and I believed the phantoms true.
But, above all, that most romantic tale
Did o'er my raw credulity prevail,
Where Glums and Gawries wear mysterious things,
That serve at once for jackets and for wings.
Age, that enfeebles other men's designs,
But heightens thine, and thy free draught refines.
In several ways distinct you make us feel—
Graceful as Raphael, as Watteau genteel,
Your lights and shades, as Titianesque, we praise;
And warmly wish you Titian's length of days.
C. LAMB.