1719 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Richard Steele

Anonymous, in "The Election of a Poet Laureate in 1719" Freeholder's Journal (13 February 1723) 375.



Lampooners and Criticks rush'd in like a Tide,
Stern Dennis and Gildon came first Side by Side.
Apollo confess'd that their Lashes had Stings,
But Beadles and Hangmen were never chosen Kings.

Steele long had so cunningly manag'd the Town,
He could not be blam'd for expecting the Crown:
Apollo demurr'd as to granting his Wish,
But wish'd him good Luck in his Project of Fish.