1729 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Lewis Theobald

Thomas Cooke, in "The Battle of the Poets" Tales, Epistles, Odes, Fables (1729) 132.



Pope and his Forces disappointed bend
Their Fury doubled on great Shakespeare's Friend.
Here Swift exerts himself, whose sole Delight,
And Care, are only to enrage the Fight;
Th' invenom'd Breast of Pope he more inflames,
And the Globe ransacs for opprobrious Names;
The Stile of Porters he would bring in Use,
As if all Wit consisted in Abuse:
But Theobald, in keener Weapons strong,
Made his Revenge to prove the Foe was wrong;
He wisely sees, while envious Slanders fail,
The better Part is to convince, not rail.