1783 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Joseph Ritson

Anonymous, "The Pythagorean Critick" St. James's Chronicle (3 June 1783).



By wise Pythagoras taught, young R—s—n's Meals
With bloody Viands never are defil'd;
For Quadruped, for Bird, for Fish he feels;
His Board ne'er smoaks with roast Meat, or with boil'd.

In this one Instance pious, mild, and tame,
He's surely in another a great Sinner,
For Man, cries R—s—n, Man's alone my Game!
On him I make a most delicious Dinner!

To Ven'son and to Partridge I've no Gout;
For W—rt—n Tom such Dainties I resign:
Give me plump St—v—ns, and large J—hns—n too,
And take your Turkey and your savoury Chine.