1731 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Henry Fielding

A Young Gentleman of Cambridge, in "The Modern Poets" Grub-Street Journal (18 November 1731).



'Tis not enough, to gain a wild applause,
When crouded Theatres espouse your cause.
'Tis not enough, to make an audience smile;
But write a strong, correct, yet easy stile.
No balmy slumbers shou'd describe a fear;
Nor dull descriptions load the wearied ear.
But aim to soar in SHAKESPEAR'S lofty strain;
Or nature draw in JOHNSON'S merry vein.
To F— names unknown — to him have come
The fame of Hickathrift, and brave Tom Thumb:
The brave Tom Thumb does all his thoughts engage:
See! with what noble port, what tragic rage,
His Lilliputian Hero treads the stage.