Browning’s ‘lion-like ruff’

  • William Harrison Ainsworth


I had yesterday, as I anticipated, the pleasure of making your new Poet’s acquaintance, and from what I saw of him—I am induced to form a very high opinion of him. He is full of genius. In appearance he might pass for a son of Paganini,1 and Maclise2 and I must hide our diminished heads before his super-abundant black locks — while even your whiskers, improved as they are by the salt water, are insignificant compared with his lion-like ruff. But this is absurd — and, as absurdity is the farthest thing removed from Mr Browning, I ought not connect anything of the kind with him.

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