1773 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Smith of Covent Garden

Culex, "On Mr. Smith of Covent Garden Theatre" Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser (18 March 1773).



If giving pain denotes a play'r,
Let Smith the palm receive;
Since he who takes most pains, 'tis clear,
Must have the most to give.