1773 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Oliver Goldsmith

Anonymous, "On Mr. Hugh Kelly's Censure of the new Comedy. Addressed to Dr. Goldsmith" St. James's Chronicle (20 March 1773).



If Kelly finds Fault with the Shape of your Muse,
And thinks that too loosely it plays;
He surely, dear Doctor, will never refuse
To make it a new Pair of Stays.

His Lining is Small-Talk, pick'd up at a Dance,
His Laces are Tragedy Groans;
His Tabby's a Novel, his Twist a Romance,
And Sentiments serve for the Bones.

At the Ledger he work'd, till a Bankrupt he prov'd,
When Allen, like Goose, he did roast;
And therefore his Shop he has lately remov'd
To the General Evening Post.