1827 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Alexander Chalmers

John Taylor Esq., "To Alexander Chalmers, F.S.A" Gentleman's Magazine 97 (February 1827) 162.



Chalmers, thy worth I've known full many a year,
Hence to the SAMIAN'S doctrine I agree,
And ADDISON again I view in thee,
LIke his, thy works, judicious, terse, and clear.
In thy PROJECTOR vividly appear
Learning profound, and Humour chastely free,
Such as mankind in his SPECTATOR see,
Touch'd with a moral charm to Virtue dear.
Nor less we in thy Biographic page
Judgment allied with taste and candour find,
Tracing another JOHNSON, lofty sage,
In manner stern, but still in nature kind,
Thus three great Pow'rs in Virtue's cause engage,
Thou, friend, combining each congenial mind.