1778 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

David Hume

Antisceptic, in "Lines intended as an Appendix to the Life and Death of David Hume Esq." Morning Post and Daily Advertiser (25 May 1778).



Hume was honest, I grant you; frank, courteous, and gay;
But in this not a tittle superior to Tray;
He could think, and could speak; but declare, I beseech,
Is not Gratitude better than Reason, and Speech?
And here has your Spaniel the best of the matter,
Being fam'd for the former, tho' void of the latter;
Ever true to the master by whom he is fed,
Fondly licking his hand, and attending his tread;
Whilst David his talents most oddly displays
In doubts, and impiety, rather than praise;
To his God turns a rebel, perverting his parts,
An able proficient in Sophistry's arts;
Rash, and mad, like Typhaeus of old, to oppose
The Being, to whom all his vigor he owes.