1763 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

David Mallet

Anonymous, in The Triumph of the Beasts, a Satire (1763) 11-12.



The pension'd infidels the next appear,
H[ume] in the front, M'P[herson]n in the rear:
The former bore the clouded Ossian song,
The latter groan'd it as he limp'd along.
G—y and J[ohnso]n in the center roll'd,
And bore up Malloch, whom Elvira sold:
The aged genius mourn'd his rigid case,
And begg'd one year t' enjoy a partial place;
He vow'd he had no meaning in his wit;
Who reign'd attach'd to him, whether Bute or Pitt.