1785 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Warton

Anonymous, "To the Author of the Parody on Mr. Warton's Ode" St. James's Chronicle (11 June 1785).



'Tis thine, to steal from Truth her genuine Gloss,
To turn the purest Gold to Dirt and Dross;
To cloud the Blaze of the meridian Beam,
To stain the Crystal of the clearest Stream:
To plant the Nettle in the Rose's Stead,
Pebbles to give for Gems, for Silver Lead:
To blast with Envy's Breath the brightest Leaves
Which, for a Monarch's Brow, fair Fancy weaves.