1742 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Cooke

Anonymous, in "On reading Mr. Cook's Battle of Poets" London Magazine 11 (July 1742) 355.



When venal scribblers dare attack a name,
That foremost stands in the first rank of fame;
A name that shines with such collected rays,
Drawn from true merit, not low party praise;
What gen'rous bosom beats not with disdain?
What Muse but flows in a satirick vein,
Where Indignation will inspire the strain?
When long oblivion o'er thy works has roll'd,
Nor e'en Moorfields the mouldring leaves behold;
When, Cook! thy short-liv'd name, in endless night
Sleeps, undisturb'd with the least glimpse of light;
Pope shall continue his triumphant way,
And soar, and shine with still encreasing day....