1826 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Wordsworth

J. R. P., in "Wine, a New Song to an Old Tune" The Literary Chronicle 8 (1 April 1826) 205.



Bobby Southey may rail as he pleases at wine,
He's the Tyler of Bacchus, — the Wat of the Nine;
In whatever of Vision the Apollo may lack,
He plays the king's sack-but, and drinks — butt a sack.
Derry down.

Here's the classical Coleridge, the second to him,
Might laugh at the goblet and touch but the rim;
But good nectar he quaffed when to Byron he ran,
And he poured out the drops of his "beautiful Khan."
Derry down.

Billy Wordsworth — his words were worth nothing, 'tis said,
When but water kept steady his heels and his head;
But when wine made Excursions, his thoughts were divine,
And he changed all his Lakes by his fancy to wine.
Derry down....