1775 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edmund Burke

Anonymous, "The Etherial Orator. On Reading Mr. B—'s Speeches on American Affairs" Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser (11 July 1775).



This pompous bubble with rhetoric blast,
Whirls sense away; attention stands aghast!
Turgid with tempest of Etherial flight,
Attracts the ear, throws judgment out of sight;
True juggler like, intoxicates the mind,
'Till florid nonsense makes the audience blind;
Then rambles, raves, and spouts of right and wrong,
Of airy castles, formidably strong,
And fills the senate with his empty song.
His ventilogent flatulence expelled,
The champion sits, and is of all beheld
The mirrour too; best friends pray take the hint,
I saw him to the Nor'ward give a squint.