1822 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Edward Smedley

James Harley, in The Press, or Literary Chit-Chat. A Satire (1822) 124 &n.



Some future Byron may our relics view,
And paint the present and the future too;
Some Hope may gather from them scenes to fill
Novels his distant countrymen to thrill;
A Smedley or a Dale their pensive page*
Fill with the actions of the present age....

* Mr. Smedley hath written several Prize and other Poems much superior to the generality of academic productions. Mr. Dale's muse is also deserving of praise; but I am sorry to say his first production (The Widow of the City of Nain) is his best. I observe he hath just announced a translation of Euripides — a bold undertaking.