1821 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Campbell

John Wilson, in "Christmas Chit-Chat" Blackwood's Magazine 10 (December 1821) 498.



Then the New Monthly in its pomp appears,
But weak, weak, weak — the thing will never do;—
"Essay on Hats," and "Chapter on Long Ears,"
"Sonnets," "The State of Learning in Peru,"
"Verses on Seeing a Lady Bathed in Tears;"—
Oh, gentle Campbell! what a thick-skull'd crew
Art thou combined with! — it must surely grieve,
To have such ninnies pinn'd upon your sleeve.

But thine is noble verse, and purest thought,
And taste that seldom errs; thy glowing muse
From the bright rainbow has her colours caught;
And into life's recesses can infuse
A soft romantic tinge, with beauty fraught;
And Nature, on thy page, is bright with dews
Of earliest morning, while the hills and streams
Seem what bewitch'd us in our youthfull dreams.