1791 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. John Wolcot

Anonymous, "To Peter PIndar, on reading his last Odes" Morning Post and Daily Advertiser (15 July 1791).



O PETER, surely thou deserv'st a whipping,
For this thy damnable apostate tripping;
Ah! never Royal smiles may'st thou find luck in!
Unto Mesdames Poissardes I'd fain consign thee,
I'd have them in their fishy arms entwine thee,
And purify thee with a river ducking.

Has EDMUND'S logic then entic'd thee Peter,
To worship Royalty and change thy metre?
Ah worthless wights, both gaping for a pension!
O that the Frenchmen would with due regard,
Confer upon you some sublime reward,
Such as — your necks upon a lamp in tension!