1796 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Southey

James Jennings, in "Retrospective Wanderings" 1796 ca.; Jennings, Poems (1810) 215.



O SOUTHEY! thou
Who scorn'st the Patron's meed, and look'st within
For heart-approving praise — my much-lov'd Friend!
Thou know'st I flatter not, accept my thanks
For that thou hast, in happiest colloquy
Inspir'd me more to push my onward way
To Virtue, while thy Song stole o'er my heart
And wrought sublimest pleasure; which to tell,
Were language equal to the arduous task,
Not mean would be the praise.