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Three English Bards *, with hacknied logic smit, 705
for (their) ardent minds Shaped goodliest plans of happiness on earth, And peace and liberty.-- Wild dreams!
And there, when morn had deck'd the radiant sky, Each, as his Genius prompted him, might fly, 720 In all the charms of Solitude, to rove
The wide Savannah, or the shady grove.
Southey should roam the Lake's wild banks along, Where Madoc, once, had strayed in fancied song: Some Creek might teach him, ever as he went, 725 Legends and Fancies to his heart's content.
* Mr. Robert Southey is the most voluminous writer of the day, and Author of Works, Poetical, Political, Historical, Biographical, Epistolary, &c. &c.—He is undoubtedly a Poet; but his genius may be compared to the exuberance of the untrained vine, — too extended to produce valuable fruit. He is, perhaps, the most rapid writer of the age, and makes it his boast to have composed one of his Epic tales (for he has written four) in the short space of six weeks.
I would my horse had the speed of (his pen),
Much Ado about Nothing.
Then would he need no Brama's sacred lore,
Nor ransack India for one Epic more.
* Mr. Coleridge is well known as having produced, at divers times, a dainty volume of Poetics, and a Play, which will be honorably mentioned hereafter.- He is also a Lecturer, at the Surrey Institution, on Poetry and “ les Belles Lettres." With no very prominent talents, either natural or acquired, for a public Speaker, he endeavours to supply the absence of pro with pathos, but seldom succeeds in interesting the feelings of his auditors, till he has completely overwhelmed his own; as the following anecdote will prove:
In the course of his lecture, one evening, he had wandered from the subject matter to the story of two lovers-in the n! So completely absorbed was he in their imaginary distresses, that he failed to observe its effect upon his hearers, until bending from his desk to make a last appeal, he saw, as well as he could through eyes suffused with tears, that they were literally laughing at him.
Constitit et lacrymans.
Fancy his seat “ Apollo's forked bill*,"
Wordsworth + should stray adown the fragrant valc, And breathe soft nonsense to the balmy gale;
* “ Proud as Apollo on his forked hill."
+ The poetical talents of the Founder of the Lake School, which has risen like a Phenix upon the ashes of the Della Cruscan, have been before visited by the hand of Satire; but there is one point in which something is left even for me to supply. We have the beauties of Johnson, of Addison, of Goldsmith, &c. &c, and why not the beauties of Wordsworth? “ Let it be my task then to collect the scattered sweets till their united virtue torture the sense;" and to any ingenious collector who may be so inclined, I make a donation of them, advising
Count, as they fell, each blossom of the tree,
cry with rapt'rous joy :-“Lo! one, two, three!"
him to arrange them under the heads of siinple, pathetic, and descriptive.
That way look, my infant, lo!
My sister Emmeline and I
hunter did I rush
Pathos (aut Bathos).
I grieved for Buonaparte with a vain