1731 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Dennis

Anonymous, "On the Uncertainty of C—t Favours. Inscribed to Mr. Dennis" Fog's Weekly Journal (6 February 1731).



C—rt Favours are precarious grown,
And on the Worthless oft pour'd down;
To Fools Preferment's sometimes giv'n,
Unmerited, with Hand uneven,
Whilst Men of Wit, of Learning, Sense,
Are all disgrac'd and in Suspence;
Or why is Dennis, that great Bard,
Neglected, and without Reward?
'Bove sev'nty Years his Life has run,
'Tis hard he now shou'd be undone!
May some Maecenas prove his Friend,
To his ripe Age Assistance lend,
Clad in grey Hairs his Merit trace,
Uphold him with true Patron's Grace;
And then to Dennis join'd, shall he
Be sure of Immortality.