1801 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Walter Savage Landor

Alexander Thomson, in The British Parnassus, at the Close of the Eighteenth Century (1801) 34-35 & n.



Nor must I forget (for perhaps he's your neighbour)
To praise the anonymous Author of GEBIR,
Which, in parts, (for as yet I have not seen the whole)*
Discovers a truly poetical soul;
The story, indeed, seems ill-chosen and wild,
Fit only to pleasure some fanciful child;
But the style, though it swells to bombast at a time,
Has frequently flights beyond measure sublime.

* The Classical Reader will perhaps discover some species of impropriety, in Apollo's confession of is limited knowledge, with regard to this and some other subjects. He should however consider, that in this age of unbelief, all the attributes of the Heathen Deities must of course be very much curtailed, and that of Omniscience among the number.