ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Rev. Richard Bentley
Asmodeo, "Horace: Book II. Ode 14th. imitated" Gentleman's Magazine 5 (October 1735) 615.
Rev. Richard Bentley:
1709: Rev. Laurence Eusden
1712: Rev. Thomas Newcomb
1731: Alexander Pope
1732: David Mallet
1742: Alexander Pope
1749: William Warburton
1750 ca.: Patrick Murdoch
1782: Rev. Joseph Warton
1792: Richard Cumberland
1806: Richard Cumberland
1811: Richard Cumberland
1814: Isaac D'Israeli
1824: George Dyer
1830: Samuel Taylor Coleridge
1830: Thomas De Quincey
1836: Hartley Coleridge
1837: William Wordsworth
1845: John Holland
1735: Rev. Richard Bentley
How swift, alas! the rolling years
Haste to devour their destin'd prey,
A moth each winged minute bears,
Which still in vain the stationers
From the dead authors, sweep away,
And troops of canker worms with secret pride,
Thro' gay vermillion leaves, and gilded covers glide.
Great B—nt—y! should thy critic vein
Each day supply the teaming press,
Of ink should'st thou whole rivers drain,
Not one octavo should remain,
To shew thy learning and address.
Oblivion drags them to her silent cell,
Where great king Arthur and his nobles dwell.
Authors of every size and name,
Knights, squires, and doctors of all colours,
From the pursuit of lasting fame,
Retiring there a mansion claim;
Behold the fate of modern scholars!
Why will you then with hopes delusive led,
For various readings toil which never will be read.
With silver clasp, and corner plate,
You fortify the favourite book,
Fear not from worms, nor time your fate,
More cruel foes your works await,
The butler, with th' impatient cook,
And pastry nymphs with trunk-makers combine
To ease the groaning shelves, and spoil the fair design.