1818 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Southey

J. M. C., Untitled; St. James's Chronicle (1 September 1818).



The Fable tells how Goody had a hen
Which found its food and laid her eggs, a store,
'Till simple Goody stuff'd the fowl, and then
Expected wealth, but Chucky laid no more.

'Twas thus the Laureate, ere a Laureate crown'd,
His verses laid, and forth a cackling went;
'Till Courtiers fed him, and, like Goody, found
That as they pamper'd, usefulness was spent.
Alas! that sack, vile sack, should Poets mar,
And place Court Bards and Partlets on a par!
26th Aug. 1818.