1822 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Wordsworth

James Harley, in The Press, or Literary Chit-Chat. A Satire (1822) 24.



HOCUS.
In yonder modest mansion Wordsworth dwells
Framing fresh Waggoners and Peter Bells;
Wordsworth, at once philosopher and child,
The sport of every thought however wild.
Behold in yon secluded hazel'd glen
A wight who stops, proceeds, then stops again;
Approach — a moss obtains his musing care,
Anon, his fancy mounts into the air,
And in a boat, in lieu of Pegasus,
He takes a voyage, far and perilous,
From sphere to sphere — now like a shooting star
He falls to earth from out his fragile car,
And with yon blue-eye'd babe, that idly strays
Searching for gaudy flowers, the poet plays.

JOCUS.
Such is the man, and such the author too,
Yet oft he painteth with a pen so true
That Mem'ry starteth as she views, the while,
And deems that scenes of former pleasures smile.