1787 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Hamilton Reid

Tom, "An Answer to the Epigram, signed W. H. R." Gazetteer and New Daily Advertiser (30 March 1787).



Your witty sarcasm, friend Billy, I've read,
Which teems with no envy, 'tis plain;
I took it so kindly, I laid down my head,
And fell to my dreaming again:
When swift to the foot of Parnassus I flew,
One, bless me, like you, I saw led!
The Muses correction from Helicon drew,
And flog'd him for robbing the dead.

[Reid had written on 23 March:
TOM, a small Poet, seeks for fame,
But misses it thro' sad mistake;
For Tom, composing in a dream,
Would publish 'ere he's well awake.]