1822 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Tobias Smollett

Joseph Robertson, in Lives of the Scottish Poets (1822) 6:169.



TOBIAS SMOLLET, M.D. was perhaps as great a poet as he was a novelist; but his reputation with the multitude rests on the works of prose fiction which he has written; and it is to a future series of Lives of Scottish Novelists that we must refer for a full account of his life, character, and writings. His poetical pieces are not numerous, but there are among them some which deserve to rank among the finest productions in the English language. The Tears of Scotland, and Ode to Independence, are master pieces in the pathetic and sublime; nor has the remembrance of youthful scenes ever been sung more sweetly than in his Ode to Leven Water.