1790 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edmund Burke

John Williams, "Burke's Pamphlet. An Epigramatic Apology for the evident Tergiversation of political Principal in a certain Character, and his sudden Adoration of the Trappings of Royalty. By Anthony Pasquin" Diary, or Woodfall's Register (16 November 1790).



When his governing jerkin was tatter'd and torn,
And B— saw that Ridicule spurn'd it:
To HIDE from keen scorn what was worthless and worn,
In the face of the universe TURN'D it!!!

* To those hyper-critics who may snarl at the idea of a man's turning his coat in the face of the world by the way of hiding it, I have only to remark that the Right Honourable Gentleman is a native of Catherlough in Ireland.