1712 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Sheffield

Thomas Newcomb, in Bibliotheca 1712; Nichols, Select Collection of Poems (1780-82) 3:39.



Gallus, whose numbers oft have charm'd
The coyest nymph, and coldest warm'd
(Doubly oblig'd to see and hear
The verse so sweet, and he so fair),
Is doom'd by too severe a fate
To sing within an inch of Tate!
While both beneath the self-same leather,
Like fair and foul in April weather,
Kindly concord, and rhyme together.
Thus have I often at a play,
Survey'd a nymph, profusely gay,
With all the charms of nature grac'd,
Close by some wrinkled beldam plac'd;
Oblig'd to hear the dowdy thing,
Her triumphs boast, and conquests sing,
Whose breath the want of charms supplies,
And kills more certain than her eyes.