1801 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir James Mackintosh

Charles Lamb to Mr. Manning, August 1801; Thomas Noon Talfourd, Literary Sketches and Letters ... of Charles Lamb (1849) 83.



I will close my letter of simple inquiry with an epigram on Mackintosh, the Vindicae Gallick-man — who has got a place at last — one of the last I did for the Albion:

Though thou'rt like Judas, an apostate black,
In the resemblance one thing thou dost lack;
When he had gotten his ill-purchas'd pelf,
He went away, and wisely hanged himself;
This thou may do at last, yet much I doubt
If thou hast any Bowels to gush out!