ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Anonymous, "Epigram" Grub-Street Journal (29 August 1734).
1727: Matthew Concanen
1730: Thomas Cooke
1730 ca.: Isaac Hawkins Browne
1742: Alexander Pope
1763: Rev. Charles Churchill
1779: Samuel Johnson
1780: Thomas Davies
1804: Rev. William Tooke
1807: Robert Southey
1828: R. P. S.
1882: W. J. Courthope
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.