1782 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edward Burnaby Greene

Anonymous, "Impromptu on seeing some late incomprehensible Strictures on Mr. Malone's Cursory Observations on the Poems attributed to Rowley" Gentleman's Magazine 52 (May 1782) 253.



MALONE and T. WARTON with one blow to hit
And destroy all the force of their sense and wit,
Lo! GREENE wields the pen with which long he had scribbled,
And levell'd old Pindar* with Pomfret and Tibbald.
In nonsense, 'tis said, that no fallacy lies,
For it nothing affirms, it nothing denies;
Yield the palm then, ye Wits, to this sensless DRAWCANSIR,
Whom, writing till doomsday, you never can answer.

* The Odes of Pindar, translated by Mr. Burnaby Greene. This gentleman has likewise published translations of Anacreon, Juvenal, Apollonius Rhodius, &c. &c. all of which may be seen at Mr. Birch's Pastry-shop (late Horton's) opposite the Royal Exchange, and at all the principal Cheesemongers in London and Westminster.