1819 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Walter Scott

John Mitford Esq., "Mr. Mudford and Walter Scott" New Bon Ton Magazine 2 (March 1819) 304-05.



MUDFORD swears he has been illegally pilfer'd
Of stanzas, of tales, and what not;
In politics, tho' the two parties have differ'd,
In rhyming they pay Scot and lot.

SCOTT is laugh'd at by all for his fam'd Waterloo,
And MUDFORD is in the same pickle;
Both publish'd a statement — but neither was true,
And now they for precedence stickle.

How fools into eminence blundering rise,
And damn themselves gaily to fame;
And MUDFORD and SCOTT when they mount to the skies
Will on earth leave a fugitive name.

If one be a plagiarist, so is the other,
Both have dipt in the same dirty stream,
And together they forward, as brother and brother,
Each dirty political scheme.
J. M.