1765 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

David Mallet

Cuthbert Shaw, in The Race (1765; 1766) 19.



Next Mallet came, Mallet who knows each art,
The ear to tickle, and to sooth the heart;
Who, with a goose-quill, like a magic rod,
Transforms a Scottish peer into a God.
Oh! matchless Mallet, by one stroke to clear,
One lucky stroke, four hundred pounds a year!
Long round a court poor Gay dependant hung,
(And yet most trimly has the poet sung)
Twice six revolving years vain-hoping past.
And unrewarded went away at last.