1819 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Hamilton Reynolds

Mary Russell Mitford to Sir William Elford, 8 June 1819; L'Estrange, Life of Mary Russell Mitford (1870) 1:308.



Before I have done with books, I must ask if you have seen an imitation of your particular favorite, Mr. Wordsworth, called "Peter Bell"? He, the real Mr. Wordsworth, announced a ditty so called; and some wicked wit, much of your mind with regard to that great poet, came out a week before him with his parody by anticipation. I only saw it the other day for five minutes, but I thought it extremely clever, particularly for an epitaph on Mr. Wordsworth, which I don't quite recollect, but which was to this effect:

Here lyeth W. W.
Who never more will trouble you, trouble you.

You will agree with me that these lines are not to be forgotten.