1801 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Godwin

Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe, in "The Vision of Liberty" Anti-Jacobin Review (1801) 518.



The saw I mounted on a braying ass,
William and Mary, sooth, a couple jolly;
Who married, note ye how it came to pass,
Although each held that marriage was but folly?
And she of curses would discharge a volley
If the ass stumbled, leaping pales or ditches:
Her husband, sans-culottes, was melancholy,
For Mary verily would wear the breeches—
God help poor silly men from such usurping b—s.