1859 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Hood

Leigh Hunt, Feast of the Poets, postscript ,1859; Moulton, Library of Literary Criticism (1901-05) 5:463.



— strange glad and sad brain,
Whose mirth, you may notice, turns all upon pain.
His puns are such breeders of puns, in and in,
Our laughter becomes a like manifold din:
Yet a right poet also was Hood, and could vary
His jokes with deep fancies of Centaur and Fairy;
And aye on his fame will a tear be attending,
Who wrote the starv'd song, with its burden unending.