1805 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Fergusson

Robert Southey to Charles Bedford, 6 April 1805; New Letters, ed. Curry (1965) 1:378-79.



I would say of him that — of one who died so young it would be hard and unjust to judge severely that there would have been no lack of talents if his moral stamina had been sounder, and that Burns's admiration for his and Allan Ramsay seems to have been taken up like his attachment to the Stuarts, as a national prejudice, in this instance strengthened by a natural feeling for the unhappy fate of one whose faults so nearly resembled his own.