1795 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Henry Kett

Walter Savage Landor, "To the Author of Bampton Lectures and Juvenile Poems," Landor, Poems (1795) 133.



What tho' Religion laugh thy prose to scorn,
Yet o'er thy verses all the Muses mourn.
In comic, then, and tragic, thou canst claim
A Shakespear's merits and a Shakespear's fame!
Our sides with laughter at thy sermons shake,
Thy piteous numbers gripe them till thy ache.