1791 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edward Jerningham

William Gifford, in The Baviad (1791; 1827) 14-16.



Yet, when I view the follies that engage,
The full-grown children of this piping age;
See snivelling Jerningham, at fifty, weep
O'er love-lorn oxen and deserted sheep;
See Cowley frisk it to one ding-dong chime,
And weekly cuckold her poor spouse in rhyme;
See Thrale's grey widow with a satchel roam,
And bring, in pomp, her labour'd nothings home;
See Robinson forget her state, and move
On crutches tow'rds the grave, to "Light o' Love;"
See Parsons, while all sound advice he scorns,
And butting all he meets, with awkward pains,
Lay bare his forehead, and expose his brains:
I scarce can rule my spleen—