ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Theodore, "Epigram on the admired Poem of the Children of Thespis" Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser (27 March 1786).
1789: Ann Yearsley
1789: W. Whitby
1789: William Upton
1791: Sly Boots
1797: William Gifford
1814: George Daniel
1832: John Taylor Esq.
1842: C. H. Timperley
1930: Roy Benjamin Clark
1786: John Williams
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.