ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Rev. James Scott
W. W. [
?], "On reading Mr. Scott's Perils of Poetry" London Evening Post (15 March 1766).
Rev. James Scott:
1765: A. Z.
1765: Little Caesar
1766: Edmond Malone
1766: Mr. Kingsley
1766: William Woty
1766: Amiens Cantabrigiensis
1766: X. Y. Z.
1766: Horace Walpole
1766: W. Inkhorn
1770: I the Monkey
1774: A. B.
1778: The Devil
1779: Rev. William Mason
1825 ca.: Joseph Cradock
1828: Joseph Cradock
1848: John Forster
1963: Robert R. Rea
1759: Mary Darwall
1759: Rev. John Ogilvie
1759: Christopher Smart
1761: Rev. William Dodd
1766: Rev. James Scott
1771: Rev. Francis Fawkes
1774: Oliver Goldsmith
1775: Samuel Johnson
1784: Samuel Johnson
To thee, O SCOTT! deservedly belong
The various Numbers of poetic Song.
Tho' the bright Forms in Fancy's fairy Land
Wake at thy Call, and rise at thy Command,
Our modern Wits will critically join
To damn the rough Chance-medley of a Line.
On Faults alone they dwell, nor more regard
The well-turn'd Verse and Beauties of the Bard.
So, when some striking Picture hangs in View,
Such, as of old, the bold Correggio drew,
If one false drawing in the Piece is seen,
The shallow Judgeling vents his little Spleen;
Nor once admires the richness of the Tint,
But turns aside, and cries, "there's nothing in't;"
In coarsest Phrase he sputters out his Soul,
And for one casual Flaw condemns the whole.