1706 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Richard Blackmore

Richard Daniel, in The British Warrior (1706) 4.



A knighted Bard Poetick Rules has shewn,
And wittily advis'd the scribling Town
T' applaud his Follies, but to damn their own;
Deafned with sturdy Verse the list'ning Crowd,
(Oh that his Muse was delicate as loud!)
Whilst all his labour'd Volum but affords
A swoln and windy timpany of Words;
When upwards his unusual Flight he wings,
How like a Fiend his rhiming Cherub sings;
Rumbling he mounts, and talks of mortal Wars,
Describes his Journey, and lampoons the Stars;
'Till hiss'd with Scorn from the Ethereal Plain,
Down drops the heavy Wight to Earth again;
And whilst he stands reveal'd to mortal View,
Murthers his Patients, and his Readers too.