1806 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Southey

Anna Seward to Robert Southey, 15 August 1806; Letters, ed. Scott (1811) 6:358-59.



Fervently do I thank you for a dearly welcome letter, and for the soon-following volumes. I am honoured by your condescending to consult me respecting some material alterations in the poem of my idolatry. Madoc appears to me a work too beautiful and great to stand in the smallest need of any alteration — yet the finale might receive added spirit and interest by your new plan for it. If this poem had not passed the press, I should have urged the execution of that design; but since it has over-stept the Rubicon, I fear that a change so considerable may give triumph to the envious foes of its speedy celebrity, and, woe the while for human nature! they are an host.