1782 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Chatterton

Anonymous, "On the learned Dispute respecting the Authenticity of Rowley's Poems" St. James's Chronicle (9 April 1782).



Th' Antiquarian Milles, and learned Bryan,
Have long been Anvils for the Wits to ply on;
These fight for Chatterton and those for Rowley!
Alas! tis all a Game at Rowley-Powley:
Forbear, ye slashing Bentleys; scourge no more!
Why give five Hundred Lashes for a Score?
Satire restrain'd is pleasant and delightful,
But, when indulged, grows petulant and spiteful.