1801 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Wordsworth

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



Nor in Rhyme has this Prince of your Versificators,
Been deficient in forming some good imitators;
Of these is JOHN GISB0RNE, the splendid achiever
Of a picture presenting the Valleys of WEVER;
Where gorgeous Metaphors sparkle and shine,
Perhaps too profusely, through each little line:
And WORDSWORTH, too, merits a similar praise,
Who the beauties of SWITZERLAND richly pourtrays,
And lights up each scene with unqualified blaze.

The name of this Work is, Descriptive Sketches, in Verse.