1820 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Gifford

Anonymous, "Botany Bay" Morning Chronicle (8 January 1820).



Against the Freedom of the Press,
Two sorts of men their rage express,
And these you'll find incessant railers—
I mean some Critics and some Sailors.
Take Sailors in the time of war,
A free PRESS they all abhor:
In peace some Critics do the same,
I'll CR—K—R, G—FF—D, S—TH—Y name;
At base enactments, vile restrictions,
On which the good cast maledictions,
Such Critics chuckle — so they may,
Who love, and well deserve THE BAY!*

* "The Poet's laurel, and the Critic's bay." — POPE.