1734 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Joseph Mitchell

Anonymous, "On Wit" Grub-Street Journal (19 September 1734).



Tho' Wit by vulgar souls be set at nought,
And some great men think little of a thought:
Yet through all ages every prop of state
Has likewise lent a helping hand to that:
And, in proportion to his own great parts,
Has prov'd a friend to wit and liberal arts.
Thus HALLIFAX, who touch'd himself the lyre,
Rewarded CONGREVE, ADDISON, and PRIOR.
SOMMERS, GODOLPHIN, cherish'd doctor SWIFT;
Nor did wise HARLEY turn the Dean adrift:
And so the Primier, who had next the staff,
Smil'd on CONCANEN, CIBBER, MITCHELL, RALPH.