1732 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Richard Blackmore

John Gay (attributed), in "Verses to be Placed under the Picture of Sir Richard Blackmore" (1732) in Chalmers's English Poets (1810) 10:495.



See who ne'er was, nor will be, half read:
Who first sang Arthur, then sang Alfred;
Prais'd great Eliza in God's anger,
Till all true Englishmen cry'd, "Hang her!"
Made William's virtues wipe the bare a—
And hang'd up Marlborough in arras;
Then, hiss'd from Earth, grew heavenly quite:
Made every reader curse the light;
Maul'd human wit in one thick satire,
Next, in three books, spoil'd human nature;
Undid creation at a jirk,
And of redemption made a damn'd work.
Then took his Muse at once, and dipt her
Full in the middle of the Scripture.
What wonders there the man, grown old, did!
Sternhold himself he out-Sternholded,
Mad David seem so mad and freakish,
All thought him just what thought king Achish.
No mortal read his Solomon,
But judg'd Re'boam his own son.
Moses he serv'd as Moses Pharoah,
And Deborah, as she Sise-rah:
Made Jeremy full sore to cry,
And Job himself curse God and die....