1763 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edward Bysshe

Robert Lloyd, in "On Rime. A familiar Epistle" St. James's Magazine 3 (September 1763) 64.



Yet, tho' dame nature may bestow
This knack of verse, and jingling flow:
(And thousands have that impulse felt,
With whom the Muses never dwelt)
Tho' it may save the lab'ring brain
From many a thought-perplexing pain,
And while the rhyme presents itself,
Leaves BYSSHE untouch'd upon the shelf;
Yet more demands the critic ear,
Than the two catch-words in the rear,
Which stand like watchmen in the close,
To keep the verse from being prose.