1826 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Hazlitt

James Sheridan Knowles, "Lines written under the Portrait of Hazlitt" The Examiner (28 May 1826) 346.



It minds me of my boyhood! He had then
A smile for me; which, while it saw me child
Acknowledg'd me companion, as you'd lift
An Urchin, whom you saw on tip-toe strain
To catch a glimpse of some rare sight, alone
Within the range of manly visions; so
Raised he my Urchin mind — made up to it
For lack of stature, and enabled it
To brow the shows and pageants of the Muse,
Smith with the love of her, ere well I knew
Her quality and name.—