1820 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Walter Scott

H., "Acrostic" La Belle Assemblee NS 22 (December 1820) 276.



W eave (said the Graces) a chaplet of flowers,
A gift to the bard whose poetical powers
L eave all far behind; whose sweet thrilling lays
T end a virtuous love in the bosom to raise;
E xcelling all poets in Albion's lands,
R eceive he the crown from its fair one's hands.

S ince 'tis our to give (said the fair of our isle)
C arry we it to him whose beautiful style
O ccasions improvement and pleasure the while;
T is thine, then, sweet Scott, for where can we find
T rue virtue more pure, or a love more refin'd?