1765 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. James Scott

A. Z., "On Anti-Sejanus" Public Advertiser (26 December 1765).



ANTI-SEJANUS, babe of Grace,
Descended from a priestly Race;
(Himself a Priest) the task of Pray'r
And preaching thinks not worth his Care:
To other Labours he's confin'd,
Labours more suited to his Mind;
Full twice a Week displays his Merit,
Lies with an Air, and rails with Spirit;
Gives o'er and o'er the same stale Bit,
Mere Haberdasher of small Wit.

Britain's best Sons, (the People's Voice
Uniting with their Sovereign's Choice,)
All Men of fair and honest Name,
Strict Honour, and unsully'd Fame;
Anti-Sejanus pines to see,
Call'd forth — to form a Patriot Ministry.
Such Excellence he dares impeach,
Hating that Worth he cannot reach;
Degenerate Wretch! detested Thing!
Foe to thy Country, God, and King.