1816 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Walter Scott

John Hamilton Reynolds, in "Pilgrimage of Living Poets to the Stream of Castaly" The Champion (7 April 1816) 110.



There then advanced [to the Castalian Stream] a polite personage very oddly clad; — he had a breast plate on, — and over that a Scotch plaid — and, strange to say, with these, silk-stockings and dress shoes: — this gentleman brought an old helmet for his vessel: — I guessed him to be WALTER SCOTT. His helmet did not hold enough for a very deep draught, but the water it contained took a pleasant sparkle from the warlike metal which shone through its shallowness. He said he had disposed of his portion on advantageous terms.