1813 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edward Thurlow

Francis Hodgson, in Leaves of Laurel; or New Probationary Odes, for the Vacant Laureatship (1813) 10.



"Why, bless me! who's here?" cried the judge in alarm,
"I see the peer-poet whom B—lt—n could charm!
And though many a rival so fierce intervenes,
I acknowledge the bard who frequented the scenes."

But just as that bard was beginning to sing
Of Elizabeth's glories on Sydney's high string;
And just as he breath'd each majestical word
To some "great," or some "good," or some "wonderful lord;"
Burst forth a wild measure, whose vigour might warp
Even England to listen to Erin's high harp....