1774 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Oliver Goldsmith

Anonymous, "To the Author of the satirical Verses on Doctor Goldsmith's Encomiasts" Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser (15 July 1774).



Since none, when bards submit to fate,
Again to life can raise them,
Awhile, like Kings, they lie in state
For people to be-praise them.

Why, snarling critic, then severe
On poor Nol Goldsmith's puffers?
His farthing watch-light burning clear,
Why bring the candle-snuffers?

Its glimm'ring wherefore would'st prevent?
The save-all is but shallow;
Soon will the sputtering grease be spent,
And stink like common tallow.

Nol, like Dick Blackmore, famous once,
Will be as soon forgotten;
Each Doctor deemed a dismal dunce,
Before his bones be rotten!