1826 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Southey

Anonymous, "All Things by Turns, and nothing long" Morning Chronicle (7 July 1826).



SOUTHEY, the Doctor — Doctor Civil,
Who wrote a tale about the Devil,
The Devil's tail, which he uncurl-ed,
And like a stick in walking twirl-ed;
The King's paid Poet, and beguiler,
Who drinks his Sack, and lauds Wat Tyler;
The Scribe of many a long poem
Forgot — at least few people know 'em;
A vast Reviewer of the labours
And lucubrations of his neighbours,
His pen with bitter spite infected
For his own pond'rous works neglected;
Last — too absurd to be forgotten—
Member return'd for Borough-rotten,
Type of the man — the best invented—
And well said Borough's represented!