1761 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Lloyd

Anonymous, in "All in the Wrong. A Poetical Essay" London Chronicle (26 November 1761) 508.



Ye Murphys, Churchills, Lloyds, for shame agree
And let your only competition be
Who shall to noblest themes attune his lyre,
And give most proofs of the poetic fire;
Who shall excell on subjects most sublime;
Who with most spirit build the lofty rhyme:
In such a contest, for Parnassian fame,
Let your breasts gloriously for honour flame;
Then will ye purchase never-fading praise,
And Phoebus self will crown your brows with bays:
But while ye mix scurrility with wit,
And carol strains for car-men only fit,
Tho' in each nervous and harmonious line,
Sweetness and strength their friendly forces join,
Your peevish poems will no more be found,
But where they fell waste-paper by the pound;
Condemn'd to bear the plain plebeian's scorn,
To line a band-box, or a trunk adorn.