1736 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Alexander Pope

Anonymous, "Epigram on the Grubstreet Writers" Daily Gazetteer (24 September 1736).



When first the Grub, with P—e, began,
All saw th' Ill-natur'd, WITTY Man:
Offended still, but still well pleas'd,
The Wounds his SATYR gave, IT eas'd.
Grown tir'd — To R—s—l, He consign'd
His SPLEEN, but kept his WIT behind.