1782 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Chatterton

Oliver, "The Deans of Exeter, or Rowly-Powley" St. James's Chronicle (30 March 1782).



Dean Lyttelton had but bad Luck on the Whole,
In the Zeal he displayed for a favourite Roll.
But, Exeter, such is the Faith of thy Holy!
D—n M—es too must write for his dear little Rowl-ey.

ANOTHER.
I wish my Deans, quoth Exeter,
Less learned, or more lucky were,
With all my Heart and Soul.
Dean Lyttelton, the other Day,
Threw much deep Argument away
Upon a favourite Roll.

But vain a Predecessor's Blunder;
Not late Example can keep under
The Prowess of the Holy!
Spite of internal Evidence,
Of Warton's Wit, and Tyrrwhitt's Sense,
Dean Milles must have his Rowl-ey.