1816 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Rogers

Anonymous, "We Three, Poor Mariners Be, the Words by Sam. R—rs, Esq. assisted by Lord B—n, and harmonized by Anacreontic M—re, Esq." The Sun (19 April 1816).



We three, poor scribblers be,
Who clubb'd our precious wits, d'ye see,
To run down rank democracy,
And write up British loyalty,
—Alas, that we should sever'd be!

We three, Rhymers be,
That deal in doggrel Po-e-try,
To tickle men of high degree,
—Alas! that we should sever'd be!

One of We, and that is me,
Had "Pleasure" once in "Memory."
But now adieu to all such glee,
Since we alas must sever'd be!

One more o' th' three (a Lord is he),
Just cut for his well-known constancy,
Now bids "Farewell" to his wife and we
—Alas! that we should sever'd be!
Da Capo. — "We three poor scribblers be," &c. &c.