1725 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Joseph Trapp

Thomas Cooke, in Battle of the Poets (1725) 11.



With Zeal transported for the Mantuan Swain,
PITT chac'd his vile Translator from the Plain;
Resolv'd to right the injur'd Virgil's Wrong,
By TRAPP so alter'd in the English Song;
Tortur'd, and mangled, in his wretched Prose,
More than Deiphobus by Grecian Foes.
Without Remorse his Men the Caitiff bind,
And turn his useless Volumes to the Wind.