1730 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

James Ralph

Thomas Cooke, in The Candidates for the Bays (1730) 11.



Next Ralpho appears, and of Liberty writes,
Or dully describes the Dulness of Nights:
He answers Pope's Rhymes in blank Verse or Prose,
As a Bully returns windy Words for hard Blows:
His Lyrick Performance so sweetly is sung,
So smoothly the Numbers run over the Tongue;
He prays for its Sake, that the rest may be past,
And the next new-year's Ode shall be worse than the last.