1730 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Leonard Welsted

Anonymous, "Answer to an Epigram" Grub-Street Journal (24 December 1730).



Answer to an Epigram printed in the S. James's Evening Post, Sat. Dec. 12. and ending "Admire a Virgil, and disdain a Pope."

If none must be admir'd but Poets born,
Admire a HOMER, and a VIRGIL born,
Admire a HORACE, and contemn BOILEAU;
Admire a DRYDEN, and despise a ROWE,
But if on such as these with scorn we look;
What must be done to W[ELSTE]D, T[HEOBAL]D, C[OO]K!
Scorn were too little from each honest Briton;
These should be pump'd, duck'd, pillory'd, pist, and sh— on.