1791 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bertie Greatheed

William Gifford, in The Baviad (1791; 1797) 25.



Nor think that, while my verse too much I prize,
Too much th' applause of fashion I despise;
For mark to what 'tis given, and then declare,
Mean tho' I am, if it be worth my care,
Is it not given to Este's unmeaning dash,
To Topham's fustian, Colman's flippant trash,
To Andrews' doggrel — where three wits combine
To Morton's catch-word, Greatheed's ideot line,
And Holcroft's Shug-lane cant, and Merry's Moorfields whine.