1719 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Hughes

Anonymous, in "The Election of a Poet Laureate in 1719" Freeholder's Journal (13 February 1723) 375.



Hu—hs, Fen—on, G—y, came last in the Train,
Too modest to ask for the Crown they would gain:
Phoebus thought them too bashful, and said thy would need
More boldness, if ever they hop'd to succeed.

Apollo now driven to a cursed Quandary,
Was wishing for Swift or the fam'd Lady Mary:
Nay had honest Tom Southerne but been within Call—
But at last he grew wanton, he laugh'd at them all.