1866 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Burns

Bryan Waller Procter, in Charles Lamb: a Memoir (1866) 79.



It was soon after the publication of the joint volume that Charles [Lamb] chronicles the different tastes of himself and his friend [Charles Lloyd]. "Burns," he says, "is the good of my idolatry, as Bowles of yours." Posterity has universally joined in the preference of Lamb. Burns, indeed, was always one of his greatest favorites.