1826 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. George Croly

J. R. P., in "Wine, a New Song to an Old Tune" The Literary Chronicle 8 (1 April 1826) 205-06.



Croly's Angel, a fall'n angel surely would be,
And his Pride, in the Garden, no actors could see;
No critique could he garnish on Saturday night,
Or next day preach sermons, were his glasses not bright.
The famed broadbrim of Wo-burn, that Tasso translates,
Gives his pages of stanzas for volumes of dates;
But his jewels so pristine, so clear would not shine,
Were his habits not Wiffen Jerusalem's wine.
Derry down....