1790 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. John Wolcot

Isaac D'Israeli, in Defence of Poetry (1790) 5.



E'en Shakespeare's genius, Spenser's fancy, fail;
While Folly bids her Wolcot's scandal hail.
'Tis She that gives his malice wings to fly—
Nursing in natal dirt the infant Lie,
Till grown more bold it flaunts about the town,
The dirty Prostitute of half-a-crown.