1765 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Brown

A. E., "A Character" Public Advertiser (8 April 1765).



Urim was civil, and not void of sense,
Had some small merit, and more confidence;
So spruce he moves, so gracefully he cocks,
The hallow'd rose declares him unorthodox.
He pass'd his easy hours, instead of pray'r,
In Madrigals, and Phillis-ing the Fair;
Always obliging, and without offence,
And fancy'd for his gay impertinence.

But see how ill mistaken parts succeed!
He thought he sure could write, since he could read;
So dipp'd in politics, and flatter'd well,
In the Court-creed did wondrously excel;
He most effeminate, our youth reprov'd,
And blam'd for that vice most, which most he lov'd;
He prov'd, by Estimate, this land undone,
And shew'd it could alone be sav'd by One;
But finding here his flatt'ry without fruit,
The praise design'd for Pitt, he gives to Bute.
Another now he finds more fit to guide,
Who pays him better for the food of pride.
Thus Ariadne in proud triumph rode,
She lost a Hero, and she found — a God.

Now then he shews how by the First betray'd,
We slaves by conquest were, bankrupts by vict'ry made:
Now ruin from the Second need we fear,
For victories and conquests disappear.

He prov'd that Liberty was License grown,
That Faction was not Faction near the throne;
That Freedom's whisper loud Sedition meant,
And that the Fav'rite was the Government.

He prov'd a libel only could be thrown
Against a Minister — against his foes 'twas none.

In short — he prov'd whatever he was bidden,
That B—'s not infamous, that we're not ridden:
Thus writ, 'till none would read, becoming soon
A wretched Scribbler of — a rare Buffoon.