1809 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Charles Hoyle

Lord Byron, in English Bards and Scotch Reviewers, 1809; Poetical Works, ed. E. H. Coleridge (1898-1904) 1:372-73.



Shall hoary Granta call her sable sons,
Expert in science, more expert at puns?
Shall these approach the Muse? ah, no! she flies,
Even from the tempting ore of Seaton's prize;
Though Printers condescend the press to soil
With rhyme by HOARE, and epic blank by HOYLE:
Not him whose page, if still upheld by whist,
Requires no sacred theme to bid us list.
Ye! who in Granta's honours would surpass,
Must mount her Pegasus, a full-grown ass;
A foal well worthy of her ancient Dam,
Whose Helicon is duller than her Cam.