1820 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bryan Waller Procter

Charles Lamb, "To the Author of Poems published under the Name of Barry Cornwall" London Magazine 2 (September 1820) 302.



Let hate, or grosser heats, their foulness mask
In riddling Junius, or in L—e's name:
Let things eschew the light, deserving blame:
No cause hast thou to blush for thy sweet task.
Marcian Colonna is a dainty book;
And thy Sicilian Tale may boldly pass;—
Thy Dream 'bove all, in which, as in a glass,
On the great world's antique glories we may look.
No longer then, as "lowly substitute,
Factor, or PROCTER, for another's gains,"
Suffer the admiring world to be deceived;
Lest thou thyself, by self of fame bereaved,
Lament too late the lost prize of thy pains,
And heavenly tunes, piped through an alien flute.