1734 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

James Ralph

Anonymous, "Epigram. Upon the Author of the Critical Review of the publick Buildings say, 'I own myself much pleased with the Design of filling up Fleet-ditch'" Grub-Street Journal (26 September 1734).



Ask you why R— so triumphs in his mirth?
The cause is plain; Fleet-ditch is stopt with earth,
Henceforth not POPE, nor all the POPES alive,
Shall souse the bard, or make the Critic dive.