1854 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Campbell

Katherine Byerley Thomson, in Recollections of Literary Characters (1854) 2:127-28.



Campbell himself said to me, one day, speaking of a gentleman who wished to pay him a compliment, "And what do you think it was?" said he. "The man had the barbarity to say to me, 'Mr. Campbell, my father courted my mother out of The Pleasures of Hope.' And this," added the poet with one of his ineffable looks, "from a person far past the first bloom of youth, I do assure you. Cruel, was it not?"