1812 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Anna Seward

Charles Caleb Colton, in Hypocrisy, a Satire (1812) 8-9 &n.



But in the offing what strange sail appears?
Critics! and Printers! hail her with three cheers!
Fresh from the Tweed she seems, yet falls to leward
Tho' steer'd by skilful Scott, The Anna Seward.
Freighted with rhymes for England, and we're told
Brings Constable piled quartos in her hold!*
Like Palinurus, Scott foresees a wreck,
Yawns at the helm, then dozes on the deck.
Death stronger far than Gallery-gods, or men,
Drained not the plethora of Seward's pen.

* Mr. Constable is in possession of twelve quarto volumes of this Lady's correspondence, which she observed were but one twelfth part of what she had written.