1811 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. Erasmus Darwin

T., "On Darwin" Philadelphia Repertory 2 (19 October 1811) 174-75.



For sound worth and solid treasure,
Show me Darwin's equal here;
Lofty verse and dulcet measure,
Vibrate on the list'ning ear.

He is one continued picture
Of bold vigour's healthful train;
Stubborn critics' rigid stricture
Strives to blot his page, in vain.

While one spark of real learning
Deigns to grace us here below,
Will the candid and discerning,
Merit's due on him bestow.

Were, in me, a vein implanted,
So pure, entrancing, so divine;
Could each earthly wish be granted,
Each for it would I resign.

Then, poetasters, cease dispraising,
Cease to denounce the poet true,
For know the sun in glory blazing,
Shrinks not at insects such as you.