1808 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Walter Scott

Richard Mant?, in The Simpliciad (1808) 9.



Most poets err (forgive th' advent'rous strain,
Lords of the lyre, which dares your praise profane)
Whiles with a zeal too ardent they pursue
A favourite beauty fondly kept in view.
Rapt with bright Chivalry's romantic song,
Of genius bold, in numbers sweet and strong,
Scott pours the latest Minstrel's lay along;
Yet oft, the tale by quaint intrusions crost,
Sense, fancy, feeling shrink from "lost, lost, lost."