1833 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Hood

Thomas Brown, "A Ryghte Conceytede Verse toe Master Hoode on his Newe Boke of Jestis" The Athenaeum (19 January 1833) 43.



Thou hast at lengthe unhooded, Master Hoode,
An unleasht tassel, and the sporte begun,
Whome wee soe late bye comic woman-hoode
Did thinke another Adame quite undone;
We punlesse elves doe laud the hardy-hoode,
That with brighte eyne the conteste did not shunne,
But shew'd the foe of merrie brother-hoode,
Thatte thou the finer corde of joke hadst spunne;
Hood-wink'd noe more by this fair sister-hoode,
Our eyne we ope' — O Hoode thou arte a gunne
Full charg'd with quips and cranks, mirth's soldier-hoode,
A Wellington in jeu d'esprit and funne;
All gloom nigh thee oure smiles doe farre outrunne,
Like Richmonde Hill a plesaunte neighbourhoode.