1730 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Henry Fielding

Thomas Cooke, in The Candidates for the Bays (1730) 9-10.



Bedaub'd o'er with Snuff, and as drunk as a Drum,
And mad as a March Hare Beau Fielding does come;
He staggers, and swears he will never submit
To Correction of Friends, or the Censure of Pit;
He says what is flat shall for ever be so,
Who tells him a Fault he esteems as a Foe;
He begs that Apollo'll his Labours compleat,
And give him the Bays, or the Wearer's Estate:
He instances each little Thing he has wrote,
And makes a new Item of every Thought;
Commending himself as he passes along,
From Rape upon Rape to Belinda a Song:
He vamps upon wretched heroick Bombast,
And sings the Success that attended the last:
He'll show both himself and Assistants are no Wits,
By valiant Tom Thumb and his Battle of Poets:
He steals all his Beauties when they're in their Fulness,
As by Luckless appears, and the Goddess of Dulness.