1807 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Laurence Eusden

Robert Southey, in Specimens of the Later English Poets (1807) 1:280.



Rowe's successor as Laureate, now best remembered by the contemptuous manner in which Buckingham celebrated his appointment.

At the restoration of the Order of the Bath, it is well known that Sir Robert Walpole took the Red Ribbon himself, that the honour might be thereby made acceptable to those persons to whom it should be given in lieu of the Garter. How such a circumstance could be mentioned in poetry may be learned in the first Specimen subjoined, extracted from an adulatory Epistle to the Minister, printed 1726. The second is taken from a strain of fulsome flattery in mediocre poetry.