1801 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir James Bland Burges

Alexander Thomson, in The British Parnassus, at the Close of the Eighteenth Century (1801) 34 & n.



For fanciful BURGES election has made
Of the splendid achievements of RICHARD'S Crusade,
Resolving the force of his talents to try on
That chivalrous Prince, with the heart of a lion:
It should seem that this same is an Epical year,
Since two other Songs are about to appear:
Not one of them built upon outlandish dreams,
All the three are devoted to national themes;
For fanciful BURGES election has made
Of the splendid achievements of RICHARD'S Crusade,
Resolving the force of his talents to try on
That chivalrous Prince, with the heart of a lion:
And OGILVIE, he who presum'd to display,
The terrible scenes of the Last awful Day,
That Vet'ran in verse, who was Author of R0NA,
Means yet to contend far the Epic CORONA....

A Poem, intitled the Triumph of Love, in the stanza of Spenser, has already afforded a favourable specimen of the talents of Burges.