1808 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Gifford

Richard Mant?, in The Simpliciad (1808) 10.



F. Then why assault Simplicity? Her lays
Modest and lovely—

P. Modest! 'tis her praise;
Nor barely modest; Gifford must approve
The friend of mercy, peace, and virtuous love:
(Gifford, the dread of every snivelling fool,
That loves and rhimes by Della Crusca's rule.)
And therefore 'tis, Simplicity may claim,
She, or the mongrel that affects her name,
The lighter rod.