1786 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. John Wolcot

A Lady, "Epigram. Addressed to Peter Pindar" General Advertiser (12 October 1786).



Your wit, Peter Pindar, is brilliant and smart,
But I think, on our King you're a little too tart;
He's a subject too high for your ludicrous pen,
The first of all Kings, and the best of all men.
But if I may judge, from the turn of your satire,
You've republican principles — a perfect King-hater;
Your Lousiad is full of wit, slander and malice;
And, believe me, had you ere frequented the palace,
And o'er the whole house been appointed the ranger,
I dare say a louse, had not been such a stranger.