1731 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Cooke

Anonymous, in "A New Session of the Poets for the Year 1730" Universal Spectator (6 February 1731).



First, a Beau clad in Silk, produc'd his course stuff,
The Goddess declar'd he had Merit enough;
But bid him one Instance from History bring,
Of the Son of a Footman advanc'd to a King:
Dennis told him he treated his Muse like a Jade,
Since he dress'd her in Fustian, himself in brocade.
Whose Petition is that? My trusty Friend C—k's,
I honour him much, for his dullest of Books;
Some other Preferment I wish him to see,
For I'll never give this, to a Dabbler in Greek.