ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Sir Walter Scott
M. A. S. (Martin Archer Shee?), "On Walter Scott" 1811; The Sun (1 January 1812).
Sir Walter Scott:
1801: Alexander Thomson
1801: A. M.
1802: Joseph Ritson
1802: Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe
1805: Thomas Campbell
1805: Robert Southey
1805 ca.: Anna Seward
1805: Anna Seward
1805: Francis Jeffrey
1807: Lady Anne Hamilton
1808: Bp. Richard Mant
1808: Mary Leadbeater
1808: W. M. T.
1808: Francis Jeffrey
1808: Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
1809: Thomas Campbell
1809: Lord Byron
1810: Sir Walter Scott
1810: James Hogg
1810: Robert Surtees
1810: George Ellis
1810: Francis Jeffrey
1811: Leigh Hunt
1811: Charles Phillips
1811: M. J.
1811: Hugh Henry Brackenridge
1811: Charles Philips
1811: John Taylor Esq.
1811: M. A. S.
1811: Francis Jeffrey
1811: Rev. Francis Hodgson
1812: John Murray
1812: Bernard Barton
1812: John Wilson
1812: A Native Bard
1812: Lord Byron
1812: George Ellis
1813: James and Horace Smith
1813: P. G. P.
1813: Jeremiah Holmes Wiffen
1813: Rev. Francis Hodgson
1814: George Daniel
1814: Thomas Barnes
1814: G. C. H.
1814: George Daniel
1814: Francis Jeffrey
1815: Roderick Dhu
1815: Author of The Rival Muses
1815: Rev. Lionel Thomas Berguer
1816: John Hamilton Reynolds
1816: J. R.
1816: H. A.
1816: John Neal
1816: Edward Bulwer-Lytton
1818: John Keats
1818: William Hazlitt
1818: P. G. P.
1819: Charles Lloyd
1819: George Ticknor
1819: R. C.
1819: John Gibson Lockhart
1819: John Mitford Esq.
1820: John Scott
1820: David Carey
1821: Mother Goose
1822: James Harley
1823: W. G. King
1823: Rev. Charles Burton
1824: Bernard M. Carter
1824: Sir Whitelaw Ainslie
1825: William Hazlitt
1825: Thomas Hood
1825 ca.: Dr. David Macbeth Moir
1825: Thingamy Bob
1825: Thomas Stott
1826: Jeremiah Holmes Wiffen
1826: John Gibson Lockhart
1828: Leigh Hunt
1828: Thomas Pringle
1829: Anna Brownell Jameson
1829: Dr. David Macbeth Moir
1829: James Hogg
1829: William Ainslie
1830: Rev. George Barrell Cheever
1830: William Maginn
1831: John Wilson
1831: William Sotheby
1831: Allan Cunningham
1832: Henry Fothergill Chorley
1832: William Wordsworth
1832: Mary Howitt
1832: A. S.
1833: John Wilson
1833: Allan Cunningham
1842: Robert Story
1844: William Wordsworth
1850: Walter Savage Landor
1851: Dr. David Macbeth Moir
1858: Cyrus Redding
1871: S. C. Hall
1873: Joseph Devey
1880: Goldwin Smith
M. A. S.:
1811: Sir Walter Scott
The following lines were written last July, on authentic intelligence that WALTER SCOTT Esq. was again going to treat the lovers of minstrelsy; and that the Portuguese Sufferers were to derive the benefit of the sale.
"Oh! it comes o'er my ear" in softer tones
Than rippling waters in meandering flow;
Or noontide zephyrs torrid Leo owns,
On light umbrageous foliage can bestow,
Sweeter than warbled roll the night-bird pours
Upon the listener of fitful mood;
Or sky-lark's song melodious as he soars;
Or chorus full and varied of the world,
The mind from pilgrim wearinesses stealing,
And freshness of Elysian rest revealing.
From "the wtich-elm that shades Saint Fillan's spring"
The all-pervading energies diffuse;
Waking responsive sound from kindred string
Wherever consecrated to the muse.
All lucid as Saint Fillan's spring and pure,
And bearing virtues of sallubrious kind,
Which ills obliviate, though they can not cure;
And shed refinement on the most refin'd;
The smart of human suffering allaying,
The deeds of lofty sentiment displaying.
Said I, the smart of suffering they allay?
And truly said — and literally true;
Exalted genius claims perennial bay—
Ardent benevolence deserves it too—
Benevolence expanded, honest, chaste,
Kindled at patriot sensibility,
Which reaches far Bellona's crimson waste,
Where victim warriors in masses lie;
Which reaches styptic to the heart that's bleeding,
And gives to misery the whole that's needing.
Well may such dulcet minstrelsy transcend
Terrestrial music's most transcendent notes!
It is the hallow'd medium of its end,
More ravishing than the congregated throats,
It is a Seraph's voice — it is much more—
It is the voice of Him who kiss'd the rod
Humanity's best blessings to restore—
It is the voice of universal God!
His spirit gave the generous purpose being;
And He will guard it, with an eye all-seeing.
Long have we lov'd, sweet Bard of Caledon!
The harmonies that issue from thy lyre,
Affording illustration all thine own,
Of moral bearing and heroic fire—
Long have we lov'd thine high-wrought sentiment;
Thy nature's feelings delicate and strong;
Thy rich imagination's full intent;
And all the wonders of thy lavish song;
But Mercy! attribute divine combining
Spreads here in ever page, benignant shining.
The poem was written in answer to THE CALEDONIAN COMET.