1829 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Walter Scott

William Ainslie, "The Magician" Morning Post (6 June 1829).



Who is the great Unknown? — I've heard,
And I believe, Sir WALTER SCOTT;
What, that wise, wonder-working Bard,
Who wrote about your one-pound note?
The same, but now th' unknown no more,
How shall we style this Rhetorician?
Alike in taste, in tact, and lore,
Suppose we dub him the Magician,
Who, with his incantations strange,
His wizard wand, and mystic rounds,
Can one Napoleon quickly change
To twenty thousand sterling Pounds!