1734 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

James Ralph

Anonymous, "Epigram" Grub-Street Journal (29 August 1734).



PERAULT in France, like English RALPH, had long
Pester'd the town with unsuccessful song.
His works despis'd no patron would protect;
And so like RALPH he turn'd an architect.
But this the diff'rence: one, a man of sense,
Gave up the art to which he'd no pretence;
And finding what his genius best became,
To that he stuck, and gain'd a lasting fame.
Whilst t' other, with his head so foul and muddy,
Two noble arts at once would make his study:
And, vainly thinking he excells in either,
Shews plainly to the world that he knows neither.