1787 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. John Wolcot

H. D., "To Peter Pindar, Esq. with a Brace of Potted Grouse" Gazetteer and New Daily Advertiser (6 February 1787).



PINDARIC PETER, known by fame to all,
Wherever grouse may fly, or vermin crawl;
Had I thy talent every taste to hit,
And season what I kill with attic wit;
Then might I cut and carve, or clip the wings
Of Insects, R.A.'s, Bozzy's, or of Kings.
The cook's great art is most in trifles shown,
Who gives to trifles relish not their own;
A glorious cook like thee must dress a Louse,
But duller rogues like me may pot their Grouse.

On then, arch PETER, hold the course of fame,
Shoot still at Folly, and thou'rt sure of game;
Be thine the task to furnish me with Lousiads,
And mine the humble part to find thee Grousiads.
Forres, Jan. 10, 1787.