1766 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. James Scott

Anonymous, "Epitaph for Anti-Sejanus" Lloyd's Evening Post (12 March 1766) 243.



Thus is this Kingdom happily released from the Pen of Dulness and ANTI-SEJANUS — a Cantab. Servitor — a prophane Priest, a wretched Party-Writer — Pander and Poet. Since which a Body of Americans have generously contributed to raise a Monument to his Memory, with the following

EPITAPH.
He continueth to rot
The Body of ANTI-SEJANUS;
Who, with an unconquerable Impudence, and
Inimitable Irregularity of Life,
Persisted,
In Spite of Virtue, Truth, and Honour,
In the Practice of every abominable Vice:
Nor was he more singular in the undeviating
Depravity of his Manners, than in his
Publick Recommendations of Illiberal Men.
He was the only Man of his Time, who could
Applaud the Bad without the Mask of Honesty;
And, having daily deserved the Cudgel for
What he did,
Was at last cudgelled by those he vowed to cudgel.
O unworthy Reader!
Think not his Life a Lesson to Mankind!
Integrity smil'd on his execrable Politicks,
To show
To After-ages how base is that Wretch that can
Prostitute his No-abilities to disturb the
Peace of his COUNTRY.