1763 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

David Mallet

Anonymous, "Rare David Mallet!" St. James's Chronicle (19 February 1763).



Rare David Mallet! raise thy Note,
All common Sense confute;
Cram, with thy Quill, down England's Throat,
Both Bolingbroke and Bute;

Of every Bay rob every Bard
Brought forth on this side Tweed;
And let the Realm's Tid-bits reward
The dear North British Breed.

Our Blood shall feed each Epic Flea
That skips from Scottish Pate;
And every Tragic Scene we see
Shall live, like Pimp of State.

But, O ye Caledonian Owls,
Who three Third-Nights appear,
To ease the Envy of our Souls,
For God's Sake give a Tear.