1718 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas D'Urfey

Anonymous, in A Mock Epithalamium upon the Fictitious Marriage of the Pretender (1718) 24-26.



Tom D—y was a merry Fellow,
A Songster, and besides a Crouder,
Inspir'd directly by Apollo,
To write the Song of Owen Tudor.
For this he will be ever Fam'd,
As Owen was, in Brittish Story,
Tho' now as D—y never shamm'd,
Poor Tom must own, he's Old, and Hoary.

Yet still if call'd on for a Hoyden,
For Scaramouch, or airey Prank-o,
Tom never wants his Jill of Croyden,
Nor Ass to mount his Sancho Pancha:
Give him a Cup of Sack, his Parrot
Shall prattle, and his Jacob sing
Such Strains as never other Laureate
Did chirp before to any King.

Will you then have him at Urbino,
In comick Humour, and Grimace,
For shame, give Tom some Ready Rhino,
He'll then come mounted on his Ass.
He'l for you steal the Richmond Heiress,
So clever, from the Boarding School,
Invisibly, as done by Fairies;
For shewing, Tom he is no Fool.