1813 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Pearse Gillies

A South Briton, "Childe Alarique" Gentleman's Magazine 83 (September 1813) 216.



Aug. 24.

MR. URBAN,

In the eighty-two years that you have lived in the public eye, you have been the uniform cherisher and generous encomiast of young genius. If ever you was touched with the purest and most genuine poetic imagery, combined with the most delightful moral pathos; if ever simple vigour of language, and harmony of versification interested your taste; read, and speak as it deserves of The Poet's Reverie, which is entitled Childe Alarique. It was published at Edinburgh, in 4to, in June last. It is well known to be written by R. P. Gillies, esq. a young man of fortune, whose family name is already familiar to the literary world, by his uncle's History of Greece. It contains a most exquisite picture of a poetical mind, formed in the temperament of Tasso, and of Cowper: where the shades of melancholy only serve to make the hues of bliss more brilliant, and every line and word springs fresh and vivid from the waters of Helicon.

May the accomplished Author live to adorn his country with some great National Poem! with the story of Wallace, which he has so nobly begun, or some congenial theme, big with equal interest and glory!

A SOUTH BRITON.