1764 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Brown

W. K. [William Kenrick?], "To the Poets, on the Union of Poetry and Music: exemplified in the Guardian Outwitted" St. James's Chronicle (22 December 1764).



In vain, alas! did Doctor Brown
Amuse a-while the gaping Town,
With Poetry and Music:
King David, in The Cure of Saul,
So hideously did he squeak and squall,
It would have made a Jew sick.

But see, at length, both Arts in one,
By great Apollo's fav'rite Son,
Most happily united!
How vastly fine the Fidlers play!
But list to what the Actors say,
And you will be delighted!

Split up your Goose-quills, Bards, or learn
The Sister-Arts from Doctor Arne:
Go, and compose Sonatas:
Or soon, I'll hold you Seven to Six,
Tenducci, with old Fiddle-sticks,
Will scrawl his own Cantatas.