1788 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. John Wolcot

Literator, "A Rumour in Rhyme" St. James's Chronicle (19 April 1788).



What, what, what, Peter, are you poor?—
Poor! bless the K—! who doubts of that?
The Wolves were prowling near the Door,
And — you grew desperate? what, what, what?

Your Brother Tom's a civil Bard,
Can say by wrote the Virtues royal—
Tom's Belly's full, 'twere devilish hard,
If Oxford Ale should prove disloyal.

If Jove should deign a gracious Nod,
Would Peter Pindar's muse be quiet?—
I'm Plannet-struck, 'tis mighty odd;
Has Jovey issued out his Fiat?

Jove coming down in Shower of Gold
No Poet has the Heart to hinder;
And Peter's Muse has got a Cold,
And sings no more like Peter Pindar.
April 15, 1788.