Alfred Lord Tennyson: To Christopher North
You did mingle blame and praise,
When I learnt from whom it came,
I forgave you all the blame,
I could not forgive the praise,
This epigram was Tennyson's reply to an article by Professor Wilson—'Christopher North'—in Blackwood's Magazine for May 1832, dealing in sensible fashion with Tennyson's 1830 volume, and ridiculing the fulsome praise lavished on him by his inconsiderate friends—especially referring to Arthur Hallam's article in the Englishman's Magazine for August, 1831.
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