1795 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Whitehead

Anonymous, in Morning Chronicle (9 January 1795).



When Whitehead was Laureate, in one of his Odes for the New Year (which, by the way, was published when a deep snow lay upon the ground), after many compliments congratulatory to the KING, he prays—

—That TIME might pour
White snows upon his reverend head!

On occasion of these lines, there appeared in one of the Daily prints the following

EPIGRAM:—
The Bays upon the Laureate's brow,
Like him, alas, are blighted!—
That time may Britain never know,
When GEORGE becomes a WHITE-HEAD!