1799 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir James Bland Burges

George Hardinge, "Chalmeriana. Epigram V. A Chimerical Epigram" Morning Chronicle (9 September 1799).



[Occasioned by reading the following words in the Supplemental Apology, p. 608, "There ought to be no Comma (,) after (a) vacuum, unless there be one after (a) chimera."]

WRITTEN BY THE CHAPLAIN TO THE VOLUNTEER CORPS OF MARSHALL'S-MEN COMMANDED BY SIR JAMES BLAND BURGESS, BARONET.

Sir JAMES, Knight Marshall, in Love's Field
Was frighten'd on Cythera,
And Commas after Cupid put,
In dread of his Chimera!

Not so the Knight of Leaden Muse—
He runs without a muzzle,
And tilts at ev'ry Nymph and Grace,
Content the Cause to puzzle.

To ev'ry Critic in his wrath
He shews his Gorgon head:
A vacuum is all he fears—
So fills the void with Lead!