1788 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Mason

Anonymous, "The Progress of Pride" Morning Post and Daily Advertiser (27 May 1788).



Poor fustian MASON, fond of fame,
Wrote hard to get a SORT of name;
CARACTACUS, ELFRIDA dying,
Behold to GRAY, WILL MASON flying:
Now with the lifeless life of Gray,
This son of Phoebus pines away;
From dread oblivion to get bail,
He pins himself to WHITEHEAD'S tail—
That Laureat's life, now nearly dead,
Mason begins to scratch his head.
What will the Poet next devise,
To get importance in our eyes?
Sure rather than be wholly dumb,
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