1791 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Henry James Pye

X., "The Eagle and the Dove" Morning Chronicle (6 January 1791).



When eagle WARTON strikes the lyre,
The trembling strings elicit fire!
He sings of Barons and of wars,
Of heaps of dead, and "echoing ears!"
But now the Laureat talks of doves,
Of purring cats, and little loves:
Alas! cried WARTON'S Ghost, with heaving sigh,
Instead of Eagle Ode here's Pigeon Pye!