1791 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Henry James Pye

Oxoniensis, "To the Editor" Morning Chronicle (11 February 1791).



SIR,
By inserting the following Quotation, together with its Translation, you will much oblige your constant Reader,
OXONIENSIS.

Quod si dolosi spes refulserit nummi
Corvas poetas & poetridas Picas,
Cantare credas Pegaseium nectar?
PLAUTUS.

APPLIED TO THE PUBLIC ORATOR OF OXFORD,
AND THE POET LAUREAT.

Can hopes from sordid gold that rise
With genius bid the fancy glow;
Or from the mouth of Crows and Pyes
Cause streams of nectar'd verse to flow?