1800 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir James Bland Burges

Richard Polwhele, in "Visitation of the Poets" 1800; Biographical Sketches in Cornwall (1831) 2:52.



— PYE, by his office compell'd, to a crowd
Of Epic-competitors, awkwardly bow'd,
As if he would every pretension disclaim
To decide, where such wranglers were fighting for fame.
Moreover, a feeling unpleasantly lurk'd
In his heart, that himself in heroics had work'd:
And, as he was hemming, Urania cried: "PYE!
Come, be of good cheer; nor the scrutiny fly!
Tho' not rank'd with Bards, whom we deem Boanerges—
Thy number's are smooth — thou art better than Burges!
What tho, as they jeer, with a joke or a gibe, us,
The wicked wits couple thee often with Pybus;
Sir Bland! thou shouldst rather have labour'd to whistle
To Dunning, another heroic epistle,
Than have climb'd up, and roll'd down the rock to thy breech hard,
In struggling to grasp at the shade of King Richard!