1738 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Joseph Spence

James De La Cour, in "On Poesy, or the Fine Arts," 1738 ca.; Poems (1778) 104.



Oxford on wit confers a grand degree,
And every college but cool Trinity.
Sorbonne her Rollin boasts, and Oxford Spence,
Cambridge her Trap for belles-lettres and sense:
But since schools fell, no vermine lost its breath,
No rat or knave, dread satyr rhymes to death;
Disease, misfortune, are not charmed away,
Nor sickness flies before th' inchanting lay.