1772 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Whitehead

Paul Pinchwell, in Middlesex Journal (4 January 1772).



Sweet Willy Whitehead who with medium stile,
Can never force a tear, or win a smile;
Most simply chaste — most delicately dull,
Nearly o'erflowing, and yet never full.
Sweet Willy Whitehead, first in rhyming sphere,
Who smoothly balladizes twice a year,
Teaching his laurell'd pension'd muse to sing
The milkwarm praises of a milk-warm King;
Welcomes the infant year, as custom claims,
And hails in creeping measure royal names.