1806 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. John Wolcot

Samuel Jackson Pratt, "Extempore" The Star (16 August 1806).



The following Jeux d'Esprit lately passed between Dr. WOLCOT, (the celebrated PETER PINDAR) and Mr. PRATT. Dr. WOLCOT had just returned from Cornwall, and he announced his arrival to his Friend, Mr. PHILLIPS, the Bookseller, in these pleasant Rhymes:

Great Patron of the Muses, say,
The hour precisely, and the day,
On which thou askest me to dine?
And empt thy bottles, and thy jars,
Amidst the host of brother stars
That in thy BRIDGE-STREET ZODIAC shine.
J. WOLCOT.
May 24, 1806.
To R. PHILLIPS, ESQ.

EXTEMPORE.
ANSWER, BY MR. PRATT, WHO HAPPENED TO BE DINING WITH MR. PHILIPS, WHEN DR. WOLCOT'S EPISTLE WAS OPENED.
O mighty Caesar of modern satire,
Thy Muse less social than thy nature,
By me, great PHILLIPS of the City,
Chief Patron of the wise and witty,
Hails thy return, and swears, while able
To place a bottle on his table,
Genius and worth, of every class,
Shall never want a welcome glass.
Of course the Age's tuneful thumper
May always claim an ample bumper!
He adds a vow, to tell thee when
The Bards in Bridge-street meet again,
And till that day of mental treating
I pray accept the GLEANER'S greeting.
May 25th, 1806.