1829 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Keats

Anonymous, "Lays of the Periodicals: Oh! He was great in Cockney Land" Blackwood's Magazine 25 (June 1829) 732.



Oh! he was great in Cockney Land, the monarch of his kind,
'Tis said he died of phthysic by the ignorant and blind;
'Twas we assassinated him — ah! regicidal deed;
And he has left Endymion for those who choose to read.

From book to book we hurry on, reviewing as before,
From Log-books writ in Arctic seas to Log-books writ on shore;
From arid plains in Afric to the icy Polar main,
As though we had not murder'd him, the glory of Cockayne.

Remorseless, — nothing heeding the reproaches of his race,
And martyring King Rimini, who reigneth in his place;
But he is made of sterner stuff, unsentimental fellow!
And lives, delighting still to case his nether man in yellow.