1776 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. John Wolcot

A Lady of Truro, "Lampoon of Wolcot on the Corporation," 1776 ca.; Richard Polwhele, Traditions and Recollections (1826) 1:64.



A busy physician — no matter his name—
T' other day, at the full of the moon,
Quite lost to all modesty, dead to all shame,
Was so mad as to pen a lampoon.

A being invincible chanc'd to be nigh,
Who determin'd to make it his prize;
And before the poor Doctor knew wherefore or why,
His lampoon was convey'd to the skies.

Minerva, bright goddess, perus'd it the first,
And, giving a loose to her mirth,
Exclaim'd, while with laughter just ready to burst,
"Can there be such a fool upon earth?"

Apollo then read it, and made this reply—
"O, ye gods! do not take it amiss—
At a satire so silly I laugh till I cry,
And the muses all laugh till they p—s."