1730 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Joseph Spence

George Woodward, in "Session of the Oxford Poets" in Poems (1730) 212-13.



His Highness being tir'd and fatigu'd out at last
With the Tribes, that came flocking about him so fast,
Call'd out to One Sp—e, who was gaping about,
Ne'er dreaming of this, in the midst of the Rout,
And told him, 'twas thought most convenient and fitt,
That He should be made the Professor of Witt;
Not for stealing from Him what was none of his own,
But contriving it so, that it never was known.
Then his Godship declar'd, that the Critique was His:
The Trumpet was blow'd, and the Court was dismiss'd.