1771 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edward Capell

Anonymous, in "Shakespeare's Feast, an Ode" New Foundling Hospital for Wit (1771) 4:26-27.



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.