From Letters of Dr. John Brown, edited by his son and D.W. Forrest, D.D.
"I am reading Endymion, and indulging, perhaps, too much in what Wordsworth calls the 'luxury of disrespect.' Such a rigmarole of tawdry, clever, vulgar, stupid, startling stuff I have not seen since Lothair. What do you think of him saying, in describing the face of a beautiful woman, 'Her nose was a gem'? Or how would you or I like to have a pair of 'alabaster arms' thrown round our necks? Commend me to good warm flesh and blood."
From Letter CCCXXVI, to Miss Molyneux, 11th April 1882