1820 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Leigh Hunt

Charles Lamb, "To my Friend the Indicator" 1820; Works of Charles Lamb, ed. Lucas (1903-05) 5:83.



Your easy Essays indicate a flow,
Dear Friend, of brain which we may elsewhere seek;
And to their pages I, and hundreds, owe,
That Wednesday is the sweetest of the week.
Such observation, wit, and sense, are shewn,
We think the days of Bickerstaff returned;
And that a portion of that oil you own,
In his undying midnight lamp which burned.
I would not lightly bruise old Priscian's head,
Or wrong the rules of grammar understood;
But, with the leave of Priscian be it said,
The Indicative is your Potential Mood.
Wit, poet, prose-man, party-man, translator—
Hunt, your best title yet is INDICATOR.