1801 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Joseph Cottle

Alexander Thomson, in The British Parnassus, at the Close of the Eighteenth Century (1801) 33.



King ALFRED, too, lately has met with a Bard,
Who has thrown on his actions an Epic regard;
It is COTTLE, not he whom his EDDA made famous,
But JOSEPH of BRISTOL, the brother of Amos,
With a simple, yet pleasing expression, who sings
The hardships endur'd by this best of your Kings.