1801 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Walter Scott

Alexander Thomson, in The British Parnassus, at the Close of the Eighteenth Century (1801) 37-38 & n.



There is one Minstrel more, that must here find a station,
And he is a SCOT both by name and by nation;
Whose wonderful Ballad, the EVE of St. JOHN,
In the true style of Terror, perhaps yields to none;
Where the ghostly Gallant, his fair Lady's white flesh on,
With one fiery touch leaves a sable impression.

This capital Piece has only lately appeared in the first volume of the Tales of Wonder. The author is the same Walter Scott, whom I have already mentioned among our Translators from the German.