1760 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Brown

Anonymous, "The Estimators Estimated" London Chronicle (10 May 1760) 450.



With equal hopes, not equal wit,
Our Estimators rage;
With equal aim one mark to hit,
The manners of the age.

The modern and the ancient name,
Are weigh'd with nice discernment;
The latter is the love of fame,
The former of preferment.

Each with a warmth of fancy fraught,
Imagin'd pourtraits draw;
Each paints from speculative thought
A world, that neither saw.

Equal in truth is each defence,
Extremes, alas, are such!
One loses all through want of sense,
The other through too much.

A simple difference the town
Bestow on each pretender;
With fear their satyrist they own,
With pity their defender.