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By EDWARD CLARKSON,
in 1811, and published in the Classical Journal ; On the Portland
De Wake'; &c. &c.
The poems of Robert Montgomery have caused some stir in public opinion; they have rapidly run through an unprecedented number of editions, and, altogether, produced deeper excitement, provoked more notice, and suddenly elicited more contemporary fame, than those of any poet since the death of Lord Byron. They have confirmed the favourable judgment and warranted the sanguine anticipations of those critics (quorum pars fui) who in the Age Reviewed * hailed the promising dawn of a rising poet. What the author of this pamphlet thought of Mr. Montgomery's débút, may be seen in the subjoined extracts from a Daily
* I take for granted that this powerful Juvenalian sketch (for it is but a sketch—the foot of the coming Hercules,) characterised as it is by great talent, and by many faults--by much of the virtuous indignation, and by too much of the censorious indiscretion of youth, is Mr. Robert Montgomery's. It has not been acknowledged by him, but it may be fairly inferred that he would have repudiated the ownership so repeatedly attributed to him, had it not been his. Proofs of the ownership might, indeed, be adduced.