1801 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Taylor of Norwich

Alexander Thomson, in The British Parnassus, at the Close of the Eighteenth Century (1801) 30 & n.



But GERMANY now is the favourite field,
The soil most prolific fresh laurels to yield;
From the ghastly and horrible tale of LENORA,
How oft have your Bards condescended to borrow,
Since TAYLOR of NORWICH first let it afloat,
Till the last free attempt of juridical SCOTT?

The first English Version of Lenora, appeared in the Monthly Magazine, and was attributed to Mr. Taylor; the latest, I believe, is William and Helen, an imitation of the same ballad, by Walter Scott, Esquire, Advocate.