1801 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Campbell

Alexander Thomson, in The British Parnassus, at the Close of the Eighteenth Century (1801) 61-62.



What Critic of praise but must find ample scope,
In that sweetest of Volumes, the PLEASURES OF HOPE?
Over which with delight Taste for ever could ramble,
With rapture pronouncing the sirname of CAMPBELL;
Of that wonderful youth, on whose earliest days
Kind Fortune has shed Popularity's rays,
And convey'd, without years of expectance so long,
At once to Fame's summit his elegant Song:
But BRITAIN at present no longer contains
This Painter of Hope, who on Germany's plains,
In Novelty's quest, felt an impulse to roam,
And left to regret his admirers at home.
But soon may kind Fate, from that far distant shore,
To his own native SCOTLAND again waft him o'er!
That with pow'rs still expanding (if possible this),
He may yet higher raise our poetical bliss.