1808 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Southey

Anonymous, "Says Southey to Porson" Public Ledger (16 November 1808).



Says S— to PORSON, "your learning, my friend,
Your judgment and taste, all revere;
Then, if to such trifles your genius can bend,
What you think of my Works let me hear."

"I think, answered PORSON, "the world will adore
Your compound of prose and of rhyme,
When SHAKESPEARE and MILTON are thought of no more,
But mind, you must wait till that time."