1788 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. John Wolcot

A Loyal Subject, "To Peter Pindar, Esq. Extempore" Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser (6 December 1788).



What Peter! is thy Muse struck dumb?
Or pent up in a garrat,
For Rats and Mice to stare at?
Or 'cause the King is *** art mum?

If so, thou art a noble fellow, Pindar!
Though thou didst hunt a louse,
An burnt thy subject to a cinder,
Thou art a Lion — not a Mouse,
As I did think thee, Peter Pindar!

To shew no malice lurketh in thy heart,
Wise Peter Pindar!
Play thou a glorious part;
Write Hymns or Psalms, for those to sing,
Who wish well to the King,
Do, Peter Pindar!