1798 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Richard Farmer

Thomas James Mathias, in Pursuits of Literature (1798) 53-54 & n.



Hark, JOHNSON smacks his lash; loud sounds the din:
Mounted in rear see STEEVENS Whipper-in,
Rich with the spoils of learning's BLACK domain,
And guide supreme o'er all the tainted plain.
Lo! first Melampus FARMER deftly springs,
(Walter Mapes his sire) the welkin rings....

"Melampus" signifies a dog with black feet. He is supposed to have run over the town and county of Leceister, but never could be persuaded to given any account of it. — This dog scented out the "Learning of Shakspeare" with true and original sagacity, and absolutely "unkenned" it. This is his highest praise.