1801 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Richard Polwhele

Alexander Thomson, in The British Parnassus, at the Close of the Eighteenth Century (1801) 60-61.



To the merit of ROGERS I cannot he blind,
Who Science Didactic with Pathos has join'd,
And told why the PLEASURES OF MEMORY please,
In a Song, which wants no other beauty but Ease;
For, however delighted, one tires of a style,
Whose Pomp is ne'er cheer'd by Simplicity's smile.

POLWHELE on a theme pretty nearly the same,
But in different measure, to favour lays claim;
Whose LOCAL ATTACHMENT, in old SPENSER'S dress,
Perhaps pleases more, though it dazzles us less.