school, one of the so-called "Lake Poets
", and Poet Laureate
for 30 years from 1813 to his death in 1843. Although his fame has been long eclipsed by that of his contemporaries and friends William Wordsworth
and Samuel Taylor Coleridge
, Southey's verse still enjoys some popularity.
Moreover, Southey was a prolific letter writer, literary scholar, essay writer, historian and biographer.
"In my days of youth, I remembered my God,And he hath not forgotten my age."
Till the vessel strikes with a shivering shock,“Oh Christ! It is the Inchcape Rock!”
What will not woman, gentle woman dare,When strong affection stirs her spirit up?
And last of all an Admiral came,A terrible man with a terrible name,—A name which you all know by sight very well,But which no one can speak, and no one can spell.
Where Washington hath leftHis awful memoryA light for after times!
The laws are with us, and God on our side.