1823 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Warner

Charles Lamb to W. H. Ainsworth, 9 December 1823; Works of Charles Lamb, ed. Lucas (1903-05) 7:630-31.



I should have thanked you for your Books and Compliments sooner, but have been waiting for a revise to be sent, which does not come, tho' I returned the proof on the receit of your letter. I have read Warner [Syrinx] with great pleasure. What an elaborate piece of alliteration and antithesis! why it must have been a labour far above the most difficult versification. There is a fine simile or picture of Semiramis arming to repel a siege. I do not mean to keep the Book, for I suspect you are forming a curious collection, and I do not pretend to any thing of the kind. I have not a Blackletter Book among mine, old Chaucer excepted, and am not Bibliomanist enough to like Blackletter. It is painful to read. Therefore I must insist on returning it at opportunity, not from contumacy and reluctance to be oblig'd, but because it must suit you better than me. The loss of a present "from" should never exceed the gain of a present "to."