1778 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edward Jerningham

Richard Tickell, in Tickell, The Wreath of Fashion (1778) 7-8.



"If Placemen thus poetic honours prize,
Shall I be mute?" (the laureate Whitehead cries.)
"What if some rival Bard my empire share!
Yet, yet, I tremble at the name of Clare.
Pindar to Clare has yielded — so did I—
Alas, can Poetry with Poplin vie!
Ah me! if Poets barter for applause,
How Jerningham will thrive on flimsy gause!