1789 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. John Wolcot

Harriet Falconar, in "A Short Epistle of Advice to Peter Pindar" The Diary, or Woodfall's Register (15 July 1789).



Tho' lost in the splendour of Fancy's wild dream,
Whilst we smile at thy wit, we must censure its theme;
No Satire should gleam in a Pindar's fair page,
Which marks, with contempt, the weak foibles of age:
Of Folly, of Vice, let the Satirist sing,
But waste not one blot on the fame of thy King;
At general guilt let thy thunders be hurl'd,
But seek not contempt and disgust from the world;
The shaft of reproof, when directed with skill,
May bind lawless passion, and fetter the will:
But, if falsehood or malice your genius could sway,
Still Virtue must count you far nearer than they;
Whilst thy dart, if it rankles in Guilt's blotted name
Will twine round thy brow the first laurel of Fame.
Monkwell-Street,
July 13.