1801 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Charles Lamb

Alexander Thomson, in The British Parnassus, at the Close of the Eighteenth Century (1801) 75.



In point of simplicity, few can decide
Whose Sonnets are best, those of LAMB or of LLOYD;
While each CHARLES by turns sees his friend at his heels,
And the breath on his neck of that Rival-friend feels:
PARK too, in this walk, is an elegant name;
And BOOTHBY with justice our notice may claim,
While his Daughter PENELOPE'S infantine bier,
With Sonnets he strews, and each Sonnet a tear.