1822 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. George Crabbe

James Harley, in The Press, or Literary Chit-Chat. A Satire (1822) 125 &n.



Some names we have, so long to readers known,
We hardly deem their period as our own;
For instance, nature-painting Crabbe still rhimes*
And links our years to those of Johnson's times;
Mackenzie's works, too, we can hardly join
With their's who, whilst we're eating, live and dine;
Yet both are living — both are writing too,
Whilst others daily make their first debut....

* Mr. Crabbe's first poems were perused and approved of by Dr. Johnson, a short period before his death.