1816 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Walter Scott

H. A., "To Mr. Walter Scott, on his sublime Poems" The Scourge 11 (January 1816) 51.



Oft have I tried, in wint'ry eve,
The lingering hours to relieve
With wine, with music, or with chat,
Or books, that treat of this or that:
So, SCOTT! I once tried thee—
I read thy Lay; thy Marmion too,
And then thy FRAY of WATERLOO;
But soon found out, it would not do,
Each hour I read, seem'd three!!!