1821 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Southey

O. F., "To Sir H— D—, occasioned by certain Hexameters" The Literary Chronicle 3 (7 April 1821) 221.



Sir H—, give me leave to say,
You've done a thing you should be sorry at;
Your heavenly nitrous acid gas
Has had such strange effects, alas!
That in a vision gone astray,
Our S—'s judgment's lost its way;—
And while I own with grief I tell it,
And the muse blushes to reveal it,
Yet to avoid this sad suspense,
Which almost mad makes common sense,
You, dear Sir H—, and I'm sorry
To tell you such a doleful story,—
You have deranged our poet laureate.