1814 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Henry Ireland

George Daniel, in The Modern Dunciad (1814; 1815) 89 & n.



Nor stop we here — strange farragos succeed,
("Oh, horrible! most horrible indeed!")
Undaunted IRELAND dares the mighty test,
Although, in raising spirits and the rest,
LEWIS without a rival stands confest.
Though sprites appear obedient at his will,
Ghosts are but ghosts; and demons, demons still;
Alike in matter, and in form the same:—
Hobgoblins differ only — in the name:
Yet LEWIS trembles lest his fame be won,
And MISTRESS RADCLIFFE fears herself outdone.

Mr. Ireland has written a great number of romances, full of the most riduculous diablerie; in one of them is the merry incident of "a little red woman" being yearly whipped round the abbey cloisters by the devil!