1786 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Williams

Theodore, "Epigram on the admired Poem of the Children of Thespis" Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser (27 March 1786).



What means all this bustling, cried nature to wit,
This weeping and wailing and bawling;
The nurs'ry of folly is all up in arms,
The honors to shield of their caning.

'Tis the children of Thespis, replied the smart nymph,
Whose faults I have lately corrected;
I've flogg'd the presuming and vain till they winc'd,
But the modest I've always protected.