1813 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Burns

Lord Byron, Journal, 16 November 1813; Letters and Journals, ed. Rowland E. Prothero (1898-1901) 2:320.



Read Burns to-day. What would he have been, if a patrician? We should have had more polish — less force — just as much verse, but no immortality — a divorce and a duel or two, the which had he survived, as his potations must have been less spirituous, he might have lived as long as Sheridan, and outlived as much as poor Brinsley. What a wreck is that man! and all from bad pilotage; for no one had ever better gales, though now and then a little too squally. Poor dear Sherry!