1803 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

David Mallet

Joseph Moser, "Mr. Mallet" European Magazine 43 (January 1803) 16.



A Gentleman once called at the house of this Author, in May Fair, upon business, and was informed that, in consequence of indisposition, he kept his chamber. When he had sent up his name, he ascended the stairs, upon a green carpet, the floor was spread with green, the bed and window curtains were green, and the invalid, who was seated upon a green elbow chair, writing at a green covered table, had on a green night-gown and a green velvet cap!

When the Gentleman mentioned the collection of greens which he had observed at this village, at the Club, some of the wags glancing unquestionably at Shakspeare's

Green ey'd monster, that doth make
The meat it feeds on,

observed, that probably the success of some cotemporary Author had caused their friend to be afflicted with "the Green Sickness."