1727 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Philips

Joseph Mitchell, in The Shoe-Heel, 1727; Poems (1729) 2:88-89.



Hadst thou, O PHILIPS, Bard prodigious! found
A Taylor, dextrous as my Cobler, ne'er
Had Verse of thine the horrid Chasm confess'd
Of Galligaskins; at which Winds alternate
With chilling Blasts, tumultuous enter'd in.
Oft, as I read thy live Description, Tears
My Cheeks bedew; and oft, I curse the Times,
And Taste of Men, who suffer'd Thee to sing
Thy Woes so rueful! Had I flourish'd then,
My Coat, my Shirt, had freely gone to Pawn,
To purchase Galligaskins sound for Thee.
Long, very long, may I th' Affliction scape!
And Cash or Credit find t' appear Abroad,
Decent in Dress! ne'er may my leathern Bag,
Or silken Purse, a splendid Shilling want.