1822 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bryan Waller Procter

Paddy, in "Metricum Symposium Ambrosianum" Blackwood's Magazine 12 (July 1822) 82.



And here's to the lady-like, lisping, sweet fellow
Who thinks he can write in the vein of Othello,
Without plot or passion — Alas! Peter Proctor,
But it scandals the muse, that makes him need a Doctor.

But still he has written some stanzas of merit,
And caught a fine spark of the delicate spirit
Of the rich Bards of old — and might be an apology
For a Minstrel — wer't not for Cockaigne and Mythology.