1827 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Hood

Zelia, "Impromptu, on reading Extracts in the Literary Gazette from Mr. Hood's New Vol. Plea of the Midsummer Fairies, &c." Morning Post (18 August 1827).



Beneath a "Hood" there is much good
In "Whims" and witty "Oddities:"—
His magic hand, in "fairy" land,
Doth picture daintier rarities:—
The Muse hath well her potent spell
Diffused — o'er all the Poet's brain—
From such a "Plea," ah! who can flee—
But bow before his Elfin strain?