1819 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Collins

Anonymous, "The Hive: Collins the Poet" European Magazine 76 (August 1819) 121.



At Chichester, tradition has preserved some striking and affecting occurences of his last days. He would haunt the aisles and cloisters of the cathedral, roving nights and days together, loving their "Dim, religious light—" and, when the choristers chanted their anthem, the listening and bewildered poet, carried out of himself by the solemn strains and his own too susceptible imagination, moaned and shrieked, and awoke a sadness and terror most affecting in so solemn a place: their friend, their kinsman, and their poet, was before them, an awful image of human misery and ruined genius! — Calamities of Authors.