1799 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Henry Ireland

Anonymous, in "The Editor, the Bookseller, and the Critic. An Eclogue" Morning Post (11 December 1799).



'Twas mine to dive in Earth with step profound
For PROSPER'S Staff, and bid my Plummet sound
The depths where, buried, slept his Wizard Roll,
And Common Truth and Common Sense control;
No Giant task, "weak masters as they are,"
Their nerves all-pliant and their semblance fair;
Well sung the Knight, that "Pleasure is as great
Of being cheated deftly, as to cheat."