1807 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. Thomas Lodge

William Beloe, in Anecdotes of Literature and Scarce Books 2 (1807) 114-15.



This [Fig for Momus] I presume to be the first Collection of Satires, so named and intended in the English language. This work Warton had never seen, and what his indefatigable research had not discovered, cannot be of every days occurrence. In his Catalogue of English Satirists, Warton gives precedence to Hall, but Hall's Toothlesse Satyrs, Poetical, Academical, Moral, were published in 1597. Meres observes, "As Horace, Lucilius, Juvenal, Persius, and Lucullus are the best for Satyre among the Latins, so with us in the same faculty, these are chiefe: Piers Plowman, Lodge, Hall of Emenuel Colledge in Cambridge, the author of PIGMALIONS IMAGE, &c." Commenting on this passage, Warton says, (see the sheets of the fourth volume which were printed p. 80.) "I have never seen Lodges Satires, unless his ALARUM AGAINST USURERS containing tried experiences against worldly abuses, and its Appendix, his History of Forbonius and Prisaenia, may be considered under that character".... When the early period is considered, at which these Satires were written, the reader will naturally be surprised at the extraordinary ease and melody of the verse.