ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Henry James Pye
Y. Z., "On the Poet Laureat's New Year's Ode" Dublin Evening Post (9 January 1794).
Henry James Pye:
1790: Isaac D'Israeli
1794: Teddy Pindar
1794: Y. Z.
1795: G. L.
1798: Thomas James Mathias
1799: Thomas Dutton
1800: Thomas Green
1802: Thomas Dermody
1803: George Dyer
1804: T. B.
1809: Henry James Pudding
1812: Lord Byron
1819: Robert Southey
1822: Lord Byron
1824: George Dyer
1829: Charles Lamb
1832: John Taylor Esq.
1842: C. H. Timperley
1848: Benjamin Disraeli
1898: Rowland E. Prothero
1781: James Harris
1794: Henry James Pye
In a brass-wir'd cage, the chattering PYE,
Rattling on the grating bars,
Invokes the Muses from the sky,
To sing of frost, and hail, and wars.
His tumid bombast roars aloud,
Like the hoarse murmur of a nitrous cloud,
When secret flame upon its vitals preys:—
But smoke alone from him proceeds;
A smoke that blackens martial deeds,
And would obscure the Sun on brightest days.
No wintry cold so chills the heart,
Or stupifies the brain,
As the dim fog his Odes diffuse—
Which strikes with horror ev'ry Muse,
And forces Phoebus to depart,
Till the foul vapour be condens'd to rain.
Miss Polly Hymny, pray draw near,
And pinch this Ass's drooping ear,
His leaden slumber to disperse:
Give him a Heliconian dram,—
Some sense into his numskull cram;
And Jemmy then will blush at his own verse!