1813 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Horace Twiss

Rosa Matilda [Charlotte Dacre], "Valentine sent to Mr. Horace Twiss, Barrister at Law, Versifier, Critic, Editor of the Beau Monde" The Scourge 5 (March 1813) 250.



My love is but a laddie yet,
And very clumsy, very pale;
But he can talk till stars are set,
And slumbers over all prevail.

Endless thy words (I tell the truth,)
That have not learnt with sense to rove,
Nor raise a blush to grace thy youth—
My own tall boy, my laddie love!

And must ambition touch with pang
That orient* soul so weak and light—
Must Fashion, hopeless, strive to hang
A gem on such a hapless wight?

No, still be Vanity's and mine,
As Punch to lords and ladies rove;
Still be thy Rosa's Valentine,
My own tall boy, my laddie love!

* A figure borrowed from Leadenhall-street.