1816 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Southey

Anonymous, "On the Poet Laurete's Carmen Nuptiale" The Champion (14 July 1816) 222.



How is't, that when he sweeps the laurel'd lyre,
His hand is feeble, and extinct his fire?
Why, tho' a lyre may well for courts be meant,
The SACK-but is the Laureate's instrument!
Denied what to his office should belong,
He needs must sing a melachonly song.*

* It is hoped that this perquisite will be quickly restored. Rare Ben, and old Homer became immortal by the use of some such "Pipe."