1769 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Whitehead

W. G. E., "To W. W—d, Esq; Poet Laureat" Middlesex Journal (13 January 1769).



Whitehead, you every year improve,
I've read your ode, and must approve,
What cost such time and pains;
Indeed, you most industr'ous bard,
If you persist to work so hard,
You'll soon exhaust your brains.

But I forgot — no cause of dread,
Nature in search of brains found lead,
But was such stuffing fit?
She thought so, with it ram'd thy skull,
And fill'd each vacant part so full,
No room remain'd for wit.