1815 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Pinkerton

Thomas Park, in Restituta or ... English Literature Revived 3 (1815) 536.



Mr. PINKERTON, the learned antiquary and geographer, &c. published a volume of poems in 1781, which he entitled Rimes: and such are the changes even in literary fashions, that THOMAS BASTARD, an early English epigrammatist, seems to have considered such a title as almost degrading; for in his Chrestoleros, 1598, he addressed the following lines

Ad Lectorem.
Reader, I grant I do not keep the laws
Of "riming" in my verse; but I have cause:
I turn the pleasure of the end sometimes,
Lest he, that "likes them not" should call them RIMES.