1816 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Jonathan Swift

Leigh Hunt, in The Examiner (7 July 1816) 424.



'Tis SWIFT after SPENSER, or daylight with candles,
A sea-song succeeding a pastoral of Handel's,
A step unexpected, that jars one's inside,
The shout-raising fall at the end of a slide,
A yawn to a kiss, — a flock followed by dust,
The hoop of a beauty seen after her bust,
A reckoning, — a parting, — a snake in the grass,
A time when a man says, "What! Come to this pass!"