1725 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Ambrose Philips

Jonathan Swift to Alexander Pope, 29 September 1725; Works of the Rev. Jonathan Swift, ed. John Nichols (1801) 14:40.



I hear nothing from our friend Gay, but I find the court keeps him at hard meat. I advised him to come over here with a lord lieutenant. Philips writes little flams (as lord Leicester called those sorts of verses) to miss Carteret. A Dublin blacksmith, a great poet, has imitated his manner in a poem to the same miss. Philips is a complainer, and on this occasion I told lord Carteret, that complainers never succeed at court, though railers do.