1814 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Leonard Welsted

Isaac D'Israeli, in Quarrels of Authors (1814) 1:156.



"Flow, WELSTED, flow, like thine inspirer, beer!"

Can the Reader credit, after this, that WELSTED, who was clerk in ordinary at the Office of Ordinance, was a man of family and independence, of elegant manners, and a fine fancy, but who considered Poetry only as a passing amusement? He has however left behind, amidst the careless productions of his Muse, some passages wrought up with equal felicity and power. There are several poetical views of Nature scattered in his Works, which have been collected by Mr. Nichols, that would admit of a comparison with some of established fame.