1764 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Mason

Charles Churchill, in The Author (1764); Poetical Works of Charles Churchill, ed. William Tooke (1804) 1:320.



Erring by form, which blockheads sacred hold,
Ne'er making new faults, and ne'er mending old,
Rebukes my spirit, bids the daring Muse
Subjects more equal to her weakness chuse;
Bids her frequent the haunts of humble swains,
Nor dare to traffic in ambitious strains;
Bids her, indulging the poetic whim
In quaint-wrought ode, or sonnet pertly trim,
Along the church-way path complain with Gray,
Or dance with Mason on the first of May?