1819 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir James Mackintosh

Henry John Temple, in The New Whig Guide (1819); Quarterly Review 54 (July 1835) 288n.



On t' other hand Mackintosh strives to unite
The grave and the gay, the profound and polite;—
And piques himself much that the ladies should say—
How well Scottish strength softens down in Bombay!
Frequents the assembly, the supper, the ball,
The philosophe-beau of unloveable Stael;
Affects to talk French in his hoarse Highland note,
And gargles Italian half-way down his throat;
His gait is a shuffle, his smile is a leer,
His converse is quaint — his civility queer—
In short — to all grace and deportment a rebel
At best, he is but a half-polish'd Scotch pebble.