1815 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Walter Scott

Anonymous, "To Walter Scott, Esq. on his various Poetical Productions" Morning Chronicle (4 December 1815).



WALTER SCOTT! WALTER SCOTT!
How hard is his Lot
Who is doom'd to read over thy rhymes?
Such goblins! — such frights!
Such sieges! — such fights!
Such customs! — such manners! — such times!

Then comes Waterloo
With a halloa bellou!
Of Legions disabled and slain;
But you not content
With the blood they have spent,
Will mangle them over again.

Ah! teaze our good folks
No more with this hoax,
Which JOHN BULL in a daze could not see;
But now broad awake,
This tax will not take,
He's determin'd to live, Sir, SCOTT free.