1734 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Samuel Wesley the Younger

Anonymous, in "The Bard's Maggot" The Hyp-Doctor (12 March 1734).



EPODE.
Euterpe! let my Style be gaily serious,
Be plain, yet stately, humble, yet IMPERIOUS:
Bid ALEXANDER ROSSE his Phrases bring,
To lend me Epithets, an ample string:
O send me W—y, that Renowned Usher,
Of the Busbian School that fine Bum-brusher,
Who ne'er his Mouth does ope
But out there flies a Trope,
To store me with his Magazine of Words,
That I may praise my P—s, and laud my L—s.
Help me, Academy of Compliments,
To sing the Quintessence of P—rl—ts?
Jests of Oxford, Cambridge Jokes,
Tom Tram, Jo. Haynes, and John-a-nokes
Ye Songs and Ballads of the Tuneful Times,
Pour down the Horn of Plenty on my Rhymes:
Come all my Copious Vocabularies,
All-grasping, Tongue-engrossing Dictionaries,
Eke out a pair of Substantives
With Forty Adjectives,
To comfort my Poetical Vagaries.