ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Anonymous, in "Shakespeare's Feast, an Ode" New Foundling Hospital for Wit (1771) 4:26-27.
1768 ca.: John Collins
1768 ca.: Samuel Johnson
1777 ca.: George Hardinge
1794: Thomas James Mathias
1799: George Hardinge
1813: James Boswell the Younger
Revenge, revenge, dread FERNEY cries,
See the critics arise!
See the volumes they rear
Only fit to curl hair,
Tho' each hop'd for an editor's prize!
Behold the snarling band,
Each with a farthing candle in his hand!
Those are critical ghosts who for SHAKESPEARE were slain,
And unburied remain
On stalls in Clare-court, Drury-lane.
Give the fun'rals due
To the wretched crew;
Behold how they toss their noses on high!
Bid them seek CLOACINA'S abode,
Congenial temples for such hostile gods!
The company, pleas'd such expedient was hit on,
The May'r snatch'd up CAPEL'S edition to sh—t on;
His wife the door unbarr'd,
To light him to the yard,
As H—l—y held the link that sing'd the fam'd North Briton.