1680 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Shadwell

Anonymous, in "A Tryal of the Poets for the Bays, in imitation of a Satyr in Boileau" 1680 ca.; Miscellaneous Works by George, late Duke of Buckingham (1704) 43.



Next into the Crowd, Tom Shadwell does wallow,
And swears by his Guts, his Punch, and his Tallow,
That tis he alone best pleases the Age,
Himself, and his Wife, have supported the Stage:
Apollo well-pleas'd with so bonny a Lad,
T' oblige him, he told him, he should be huge glad
Had he half so much Wit, as he fancy'd he had.