1787 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Richard Cumberland

Anonymous, in "Irregular Ode: Tunbridge" Gazetteer and New Daily Advertiser (14 September 1787).



Here's Cumberland, whose visage shews
As various as his various Muse;
To-day, quite bowing to the ground,
To-morrow on his heel turns round:
Mark how he labours to obtain
The notice of some titled Dame;
Or, on my word,
If there's no Duke, or Lady Grace,
Should chance to be within the place,
Perhaps you'll find him chatting with some Lord.