1768 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Hugh Dalrymple

Horace Walpole, 1768; in Memoirs of the Reign of George III, ed. G. F. Russell Barker (1894) 3:118-19.



The politics of the times gave birth to two other poems of uncommon merit, both in the burlesque style, but one in that of Hudibras, the other in the graver march of The Dispensary. The first called Rodondo, of which only two cantos appeared, though a third was promised, was written by Mr. Dalrymple, a Scot, and contained a severe satire on Mr. Pitt, not much inferior in wit to Butler, and like his work, liable by temporary allusions to lose many beauties in the eyes of posterity. The second, called Patriotism; a mock Heroic, by Mr. Richard Bentley, though full of negligences and crowded with intricate and sometimes too far-fetched metaphors, — not, in some places pushed to nonsense by the confusion of those metaphors, in sense and imagination excelled Churchill; and though less sonorous, did not breathe a spirit less poetic.