1682 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas D'Urfey

Thomas Shadwell, in The Tory Poets (1682) 10.



D—fey comes next in Verse ten thousand strong,
A Devillish Poet for a bawdy Song;
Begot when lecherous Planets rul'd the skies,
And Madam Venus bright did tyranize:
When Civil Wars produc'd a monstrous Birth,
And dismal Discord triumph'd ore the Earth;
For pray, what vice atchiev'd by Cains curst Stem,
Or deadly Sin, that is not found in him;
As Toads spue poyson he doth Libels vent,
Of Villany the very Excrement;
A brave Court mixture; for he is at once,
A Debauchee, Buffoon, a Knave, a Dunce,
Here hold my Muse! the Task's too hard for thee,
To bow so low, even below Infamy:
Thou never yet to write with dirt hadst skill,
Or from a Dunghill tookst a stinking quill....