1801 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. Erasmus Darwin

Alexander Thomson, in The British Parnassus, at the Close of the Eighteenth Century (1801) 58-59.



What lay you to DARWIN, the DERBY Physician?
Who so long for the Muse hid his predisposition,
Till he broke forth at once in explosion volcanic,
And dazzled all eyes with his GARDEN BOTANIC;
Where each amorous plant with such tenderness glows,
And each line in a stream of such harmony flows,
That the samples of Rhyme, which appear from his shop,
In smoothness and gloss beat the numbers of POPE;
But I grieve that a work of such costly erection,
Should want so completely the grace of connection,
And that Plumes which display such a splendor of feather,
Should have no proper Ribbon to keep them together.