1771 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Steevens

Anonymous, "Upon Advertising a new Edition of Shakespeare" St. James's Chronicle (5 February 1771).



—SHAKESPEARE LOQUITUR.
Another Commentator, and another,
To choak my Flame with all their Critic Smother!
Ye sacred Nine! from whom I caught the Flame,
Will you permit these Goths to sink my Fame?
Clogg'd with their Load in vain she upward springs,
In vain my Muse would free her limber Wings;
O let not Diggers, Delvers, Derivators,
These Clouds of Dulness o'er my Works disperse,
Maiming the Passion to eke out the Verse:
And like Lord May'rs, inspect my sacred Treasures,
Fixing the standard by their Weights and Measures:
Against my Foes your best Assistance lend me,
Let Garrick act, and Montagu defend me.