1837 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Campbell

Anonymous, 1837; Beattie, Life and Letters of Thomas Campbell (1849) 3:231.



I send you a few hurried lines to tell you how gratified, how delighted we were last night with Mr. Campbell's appearance at the Centenary meeting, which he was so kind as to honour with his presence. His appearance was hailed with universal applause, and his speech received with cheers throughout; but when his health was given by Delta, one of our Scotch poets, the pride and delight of the people rose to a very high pitch. As Mr. Moir enumerated the different works of the gifted chairman, the applause increased; and when he closed by naming "Ye Mariners of England," it became rapturous. It was afterwards sung amidst continual cheers — encored, and, at the conclusion, the whole people rose with one accord, and joined in the chorus; after which they cheered him by repeated rounds of applause — waving hats, handkerchiefs, with every possible demonstration of enthusiasm. The Scotch "got their hearts out," in honour of their gifted bard.