chapter  14
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John Wilson, from his unsigned review, Blackwood’s Magazine

June 1817, I, 289–95
WithJohn Wilson

John Wilso, journalist and, Professor of Moral Philosophy at Edinburgh University. He was a member of the editorial staff of Blackwood's, a frequent contributor, and author of most of the Noctes Ambrosianae. Lord Byron has been elected by acclamation to the throne of poetical supremacy; nor are the authors disposed to question his title to the crown. There breathes over all his genius an air of kingly dignity; strength, vigour, energy, are his attributes; and he wields his faculties with a proud consciousness of their power, and a confident anticipation of their effect. In the very singular, and, the authors suspect, very imperfect poem, Byron has pursued the same course as in the third canto of Childe Harold, and put out his strength upon the same objects. In the third canto of Childe Harold, accordingly, he has delivered up his soul to the impulses of Nature, and the authors have seen how that high communion has elevated and sublimed it.