1798 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Parsons

Thomas James Mathias, in Pursuits of Literature (1798) 78-79 & n.



I could, like Seward, if for scraps you call,
Turn publick bag-man, train'd in Walpole's stall;
Or to Cythaeron, from the Treasury, move,
And, like Sir James Bland Burgess, murmur love;
Could furnish feasts for each Parnassian prig,
A Florence goose, three ducklings, and one pig....

A Florence goose, &c. — See a publication entitled An Ode to an Eton Boy, Three Sonnets, and One Epigram: by William Parsons, Esq. This gentleman is the fairest of all Mr. Gray's Criticks: he even allows the superiority of his genius, and gives his own verses in Mr. Gray's measure. The obliquity of the principles and of the understanding is sometimes unaccountable.