1822 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Richard Farmer

William Cook, in The Pleasures of Conversation (1822) 85-86.



Near Garrick's shrine, let modest Farmer stand,
Truth in his voice — decision in his hand,
Who rescued Shakespeare from the claims of art,
And gave to Nature, what was Nature's part;
Proved 'twas her power alone inspir'd his soul,
And taught the varying passions how to roll,
Gave him the range of all her wide domain,
Whilst panting Science followed him in vain.
Nor was this all the critic's praise — his mind
Alike was of the artless social kind,
Tho' learn'd yet clear — familiar yet well bred,
Without the courtier's smile — or pedant's head.