1763 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

David Mallet

Robert Lloyd, in "A Dialogue between the Author and his Friend" St. James's Magazine 1 (February 1763) 383.



For FAME, when all is said and done,
Tho' a coy mistress, may be won;
And half the thought, and pains, and time,
You take to jingle easy rhime,
Would make an ODE, would make a PLAY,
Done into English, MALLOCH's way,
—Stretch out your more Heroic feet,
And write an ELEGY complete.
Or, not a more laborious task,
Could not you pen a Classic MASQUE?