1811 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Walter Scott

I., "The Decline and Fall of the Zig-Zag Empire. An Epigram" The Sun (11 September 1811).



Great MERCURY'S hautboy, in Ovid, I've read
Clos'd ev'ry peer in ARGUS'S head;
More potent by far than the light-finger'd God,
Don Roderick's Vision has made the town nod.
This odd contradiction its author supplies—
He sets us asleep, while he opens our eyes.