1794 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edmond Malone

Thomas James Mathias, in Pursuits of Literature (1794 ) 36-38.



Lo! first Melampus FARMER deftly springs,
(WALTER-DE-MAPES his sire) the welkin rings:
Stout GLOUCESTER mark in Pamphagus advance,
Who never stoo aghast in speechless trance;
The sage Ichnobates see TYRWHITT limp;
MALONE Hylactor bounds, a clear-voic'd imp;
Nor can I pass Lycisca MONTAGU,
Her yelp though feeble and her sandals blue;
Astolus HAWKINS, a grim shaggy hound,
In Music growls and beats the bushes round;
Then PORSON view Nebrophonos the shrewd,
Yet foaming with th' Archdeacon's critic blood;
In Theron's form mark RITSON next contend,
Fierce, meagre, pale, no commentator's friend;
Tom WARTON last Agriodus acute,
With Labros PERCY barks in close pursuit:
Hot was the chace; I left it out of breath;
I wish'd not to be in at SHAKSPEARE'S death.