1821 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Walter Scott

Yankee Doodle, "Messrs. Byron, Moore, and Scott" National Recorder [Philadelphia] 5 (24 March 1821) 186.



Three poets, in one lucky century born,
Old England, Ireland, and Scotia, did adorn.
One hated all mankind worse than the D—l;
One lov'd all women, whether good or evil;
The third, true to the land from whence he came,
Lov'd money best; and who the man can blame?
Since one rich bard will more observance find,
Than twenty wandering Homers, poor and blind;
And rhyme and wealth, united, raise more wonder,
Than Genius cloth'd in lightning, rags, and thunder.