1773 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Percival Stockdale

Honestus, "On Seeing Sabbatier's Manners and Customs of the Ancient Nations advertised to be translated by Percival Stockdale" Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser (18 August 1773).



What, Stockdale, do you advertise,
A Frenchman's labours to translate!
Will fortune never let you rise;
Must you still drudge, who can create?

From England, generous taste is fled;
Thy annals, hapless genius, shew it;
Her dissipated sons are dead,
To His desert who wrote The Poet.