1700 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Brown

Samuel Cobb, in Poetae Britannici (1700) 7.



Some stuff'd in Garrets dream for wicked Rhyme,
Where nothing but their Lodging is sublime,
Observe their twenty Faces, how they strain
To void forth Nonsense from their costive Brain
O'er Darby-Ale maliciously they sit,
And, mellow, rail at Woman, or at Wit.
The vainest labour to secure renown,
Tho' each could be a P—tt—s, or a B—.
Who in Burlesque, Mob-Poets have out-ran;
But what's a dapper Pigmy to a Man?