1785 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Whitehead

C. J., "An Epitaph on W. W—te—d, Esq. intended for his Monument in Westminster Abbey" St. James's Chronicle (26 April 1785).



Beneath this Stone a Poet Laureat lies,
Not great, nor good, not foolish, nor yet wise;
Not meanly humble, nor yet swell'd with Pride,
He simply liv'd — and just as simply died:
Each Year his Muse produc'd a Birth-Day Ode,
Compos'd with Flattery in the usual Mode;
For this, but for this, to G—'s Praise,
The Bard was pension'd and received the Bays.