1750 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Lauder

William Hall, "Sonnet, on the first Impression of Lauder's Forgeries: To Nicholas Hardinge" Nichols, Literary Anecdotes of the XVIIIth Century (1812-15) 8:520.



HARDINGE firm advocate of MILTON'S fame!
Avenge the honour of his injur'd Muse!
The bold Salmasius dar'd not so accuse,
And brand him, living, with a Felon's name!
More hellish falsehood could not Satan frame,
Arch Forger, cursed poison to infuse
In Eve's chaste ear, her freedom to abuse:
That lurking fiend, — Ithuriel's arm and flame,
Aetherial gifts, detected: up arose
In his own form the toad: But this new plot
Thou hast an arm, and spear, that can expose:
With lashes keen, drive, to that trait'rous spot,
The nurse of base impostors, to his snows,
And barren mountains, the blaspheming Scot!