1808 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Henry James Pye

Anonymous, "Pye, the Poet-Laureat" Monthly Mirror NS 4 (July 1808) 17-18.



Mr. Pye is a learned man, and much was expected from him when he was made poet-laureate — little, however, beyond prettiness, has ever been received. His first ode was on the "king's birth," and it was full of allusions to the "vocal groves," and "feathered choir." George Steevens read it, and immediately exclaimed:

And when the PIE was open'd
The birds began to sing,
And wasn't that a dainty dish
To set before a king!