1683 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Charles Sedley

John Oldham, in "A Satire" Oldham, Poems, and Translations (1683) 175.



But who his Parts would in the Service spend,
Where all his hopes on Vulgar Breath depend?
Where every Sot, for paying half a Crown,
Has the Prerogative to cry him down?
Sidley indeed may be content with Fame,
Nor care should an ill-judging Audience damn:
But Settle, and the Rest, that writ for Pence,
Whose whole Estate's an ounce, or two of Brains,
Should a thin House on the third day appear,
Must starve, or live in Tatters all the year.