1700 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas D'Urfey

Samuel Cobb, in Poetae Britannici (1700) 7.



Tho' D—y may grow troublesome to Fame,
Resolv'd to be Immortal to his Shame;
Let him with Quixots cloy the fated Town,
And cram Jack Straws, and Massanello's Down
In Comedy Immodest, and Prophane,
And Comick only in the Tragick strain,
Impertinent, indecent, hardned, vain.
The tickl'd Rabble view him with surprize,
The Phantom dazles their deluded Eyes.
Unable the Judicious to perswade,
They know his Essence, and despise his Shade.