1796 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. Henry Harington

W. M. [William Meyler?], "The Medical Dancer; an Epigram" Morning Post and Fashionable World (8 June 1796).



A son of the Pestle, just dubb'd an M.D.
Full vain of this Title, wig, ruffles, and fee,
In Bath Public Rooms made the Circle all stare,
By gestures, queer steps, and extravagant air;
When Harrington said to his friend Dr. Woodward,
(Both of whom possess'd wit — and ev'ry one's good word;)
"Pray tell me, what famous Professor of France
Has taught thus our good Brother Fungus to dance?
His gait and his gambols amaze and delight us!
Who could be his master?" — St. Vitus! — St. Vitus!
Bath, May 31, 1796.