1750 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Warton

J. S., Wadham College, "Of writing on celebrated Toasts. An Epistle to Mr. Warton" The Student (1750) 1:239-40.



Of amorous scribblers 'midst the medley crew,
Where, WARTON, shall we find the chosen few,
Who real beauties, real faults can see,
Who judge impartial, and dare copy thee;
With pointed satire fix a sure disgrace,
And shew a coquet's airs are mere grimace;
Raise the broad grin at each alluring smile,
Foil ev'ry trick, and trace out ev'ry wile;
Bid the fond youth the false seducer fly,
Point at the snare, and mark the Syren nigh;
Quash the sad sigh, asswage the troubled breast,
Compose the fluttering heart, and give it rest.