1761 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Warton

Anonymous, "On the Oxford and Cambridge Verses" Lloyd's Evening Post (1 April 1761) 308.



When good George the Second,
By Pluto was beckon'd,
In peace to receive to his cell;
The grief of the nation
On this sad occasion,
Both Cambridge and Oxford must tell.

Vice-Chancellors, Doctors,
Professors, and Proctors,
With Lords to ennoble the train;
In Hebrew or Greek,
As the Muse bade them speak,
Each sings a most sorrowful strain.

To Isis, or Cam,
For this pitiful sham,
The preference where shall I lay,
O Isis! your song,
As 'tis four times as long,
Has four times the worst of the day.