1822 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Clare

Paddy, in "Metricum Symposium Ambrosianum" Blackwood's Magazine 12 (July 1822) 83.



Now here are four bards, to whom genius is pater,
Who never suck'd poetry from Alma Mater—
Who just knew so much of the great Aristotle,
As they got from the fields, from their feelings, and bottle.

Fill first for the Chaldee — the shepherd of Ettrick,
Who stole from the Hills' hums his musical rhet'rick—
For Hogg's rhyme is no grunting — and here's a libation
To Bloomfield, the simplest sweet Bard of the nation.

Here's to Clare and his verses, so simple and pleasant,
The London's one Bard — the Northamptonshire peasant;
And here's to the Galloway boy and his lyrics,
That have put all the Bards of Cockaigne in hysterics.