1774 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Somervile

Anonymous, in Mirth, a Poem in answer to Warton's Pleasures of Melancholy (1774) 20-21.



And then the deeds of Evesham's vale distinct
Shall rise: the young, victorious Hobbinol,
And Ganderela fair: the deadly fray
(Such as ne'er Simois nor Xanthus saw)
And all the warrior train: Tonsorio dire,
With helm, as thine Mambrino, gleaming dread,
And Hildebrand, and Cinderaxa, brave
Beyond her sex, e'en as Armidas self!
And Talgul, and Mundungo, mighty chiefs!
And last Twangdillo's woes, his catgut Lyre,
And all its Charms in thousand fragments lost!