1807 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Rogers

Lady Anne Hamilton, in Epics of the Ton (1807) 10-11 & n.



Still Rogers bland his imitations twine,
And strain his Memory for another line....

There is much in the title of a book; and if there is nothing else for which an author deserves praise, still his ingenuity ought to be applauded if he has devised a happy appellation for his work. Every one feels the "pleasures of memory": the very words excite a thousand agreeable associations; and miserable must the minstrel be, who cannot chime in a few notes that will please, when the soul is so fully prepared to enjoy them. On such an occasion, the unoffending strains of Rogers, — soft, delicate, polished, sympathetic youth! could not fail to be interesting; but he may thank the blessed poetic powers of former years that Goldsmith lived, and that the Traveller and the Deserted Village were written.