1824 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. Nathaniel Cotton

Bryan Waller Procter, in Effigies Poeticae, or, the Portraits of the British Poets (1824) 99.



From an original Sketch, in the possession of Captain Cotton.

DOCTOR COTTON, whose name is associated with Cowper, was not certainly an eminent poet. As he contributed, however, to our hoards of verse, we find his profile in our collection. We have nothing to remark as to the worthy physician's verses, except that they are simple and somewhat moral; nor as to his person; except that it looks like a pleasant section of a man. His lines entitled "The Fireside" are well known. They may be considered, in some respects, as a post-connubial epithalamium. "Though fools," he says—

Though fools spurn Hymen's gentle powers,
We, who improve his golden hours,
By sweet experience know,
That marriage, rightly understood,
Gives to the tender and the good
A paradise below.