1784 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edmund Burke

Anonymous, "The Oratour and the Ass" St. James's Chronicle (6 July 1784).



How wise, when silent, E—d B—ke appears!
But when he speaks, how all Men stop their Ears!
So the dumb Ass looks prudent, grave, and staid,
Nor should we know him if he had not bray'd.