1725 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Leonard Welsted

Richard Savage, in The Authors of the Town; a Satire (1725) 9.



Scriblers grow fast — One, who gains least Applause,
(His Works reprinting) a Subscription draws.
Ape of an Ape! How is the Species grown?
Inferior Apes this Ape a Viceroy own!
O'er a learn'd Tribe, He Grand Dictator plays,
And points young Wits new Models in his Lays.
Flat Odes, Epistles, and Translations rise,
And a new Preface words it with the Wise!
Art is School Trash — Horace and Pope are Fools!
Sonnets and Madrigals require no Rules.
Milton runs rough — Here plainer Lays allure!
Nor Low, nor Grand, nor Simple, nor Impure.