1773 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bp. Richard Hurd

Percival Stockdale, in The Poet, a Poem (1773) 26-27.



Peace to the men with lucubration pale,
Who at the flights of modern genius rail;
A sounding rant from Aeschylus rehearse,
Throw light on Lycrophon's obscurest verse;
Their learning on the Laticlave display,
Of fools the wonder, and of wits the prey!

He cares not how the Spartan broth was made,
Nor how the old Latrunculi were played;
The medal's dubious face he'll ne'er deplore,
Nor try the huge Digamma to restore:
He leaves the childish torture of the brain
To father Bentley, and his critic-train;
Leaves the small graces, and the war of words
To slashing WARBURTONS and piddling HURDES.