1821 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Southey

Anonymous, "A Vision of Judgment" Monthly Repository of Theology and General Literature 16 (April 1821) 247-48.



Man! thou art mad! thou art mad! lunatic never was madder;
"Otherwise else, be sure thy doom had now been appointed:"
That's but a ragged Hexameter, Southey! it is not worth two-pence.
Folly and waste it were to lash thee with critical scourges:
Wiser and kinder to give thee a well-guarded chamber in Bedlam,
Where thou may'st write unmolested thy beautiful, "beautiful measure;"
For thou art mad! thou art mad!