1734 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Joseph Mitchell

W. H., "To the Author of Verses upon On Wit" Grub-Street Journal (26 September 1734).



Mr. BAVIUS,
If you are impartial, you will insert the inclosed verses in your next Journal, in answer to those upon Wit, published in your last, and at the same time oblige,
Sir, your constant reader and servant,
W. H.
Sept. 21, 1734.

Silence, rude scribler; nor, with envious spite,
Bark, like a dog, at bards thou can'st not bite.
What tho' CONCANEN, CIBBER, MITCHELL, RALPH,
Are smil'd on, by the Primier with the staff?
So POPE, YOUNG, WELSTED, THOMPSON, FIELDING, FROWDE,
Have, each by turns, to his indulgence owed.
So thousands more (were thousands such) wou'd share
Th' unbounded blessings of his friendly care!
But, upon thee, what patron in our isle,
Is blockhead, knave, or fool enough to smile?