1815 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

James Montgomery

George Daniel, in The Modern Dunciad: A Satire (1815) 59-60 &n.



Nor less, for sterling genius, I admire
ROGERS' pure style, and CAMPBELL'S noble fire,
MONTGOMERY'S strain to taste and feeling true,
That speaks the poet and the Christian too.
Blest be the man with all that fame can give,
Who burst the negro's chain, and bade him live;
Blest be the bard with glory's brightest meed,
Whose glowing verse immortaliz'd the deed.
Far as th' Atlantic rolls his rapid stream,
A race shall hail the poet and his theme;
And waft the sound to Guinea's distant shore,
That tells her children they are slaves no more.

Mr. Montgomery's poems are distinguished for piety, tenderness, and high poetical painting; his World before the Flood, making allowance for some few inequalities, is a noble production; the Death of Adam and Eve, in the Fourth Canto, is above all praise. Let Mr. Montgomery continue to be guided by his own good taste; posterity will at least do him justice, and his works will be read and esteemed when those of his more successful contemporaries are no longer remembered.