1782 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Smith of Covent Garden

R. W., "Theatrical Acrostic Number X." Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser (18 October 1782).



W hen you in Charles essay the heart to please,
I mmensely great — your ev'ry movement's ease.
L ed by Thalia — you with smiles pursue,
L ife's airy parts to love's meander true.
I n Hotspur, view the hero lost to shame,
A headless traitor wreathes your brow with fame.
M acbeth — his hands embru'd in Monarch's blood,
S mith well pourtrays, tho' 'gainst the common good.
M indful of nature — Joy, or grief, or shame,
I ll, good, hope, fear, or envy, all's the same.
T ender in love, and eminent in rage,
H ands to applaud you, always will engage.