1700 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas D'Urfey

Daniel Kenrick, in A New Session of the Poets (1700) 2.



Tom D'Ur—y first endeavour'd at the Bays,
With twice five hundred Songs, and twenty Plays:
The dangling Dogrel hung like Pantaloons,
Set by himself to other Peoples Tunes:
Before him on an Ass, extreamly odd,
His own, and not Cervantes Sancho, rode;
Who threaded home-spun Proverbs at the God.
The Bard had made his Bows, and Sung his Name,
When, as the Devil would ha't, in Coll—r came:
Upon his Sight the Songster left the Place,
And by that Act alone confess'd some Grace.