1733 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Leonard Welsted

David Mallet, in Of Verbal Criticism (1733); Works (1759) 1:29.



But who their various follies can explain?
The tale is infinite, the task were vain.
'Twere to read new year odes in search of thought;
To sum the libels PRYN or WITHERS wrote;
To guess, ere one Epistle saw the light,
How many dunces met, and club'd their mite;
To vouch for truth what WELSTED prints of POPE,
Or from the brother-Boobies steal a trope.