1794 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Henry James Pye

Ranger, "A Thought over a Dish of Tea. The New Year's Ode" The Oracle (8 January 1794).



The Ode, Sir! — Well, Sir — what of that?
Who reads, must think it monstrous flat.
Oh! no — the Connoisseurs agree—
'Tis all it should be — to a T.

If so, there's not a Poet Hack,
But well deserves this butt of sack;
Except the Bard who writes like I—
And who so like as Brother PYE?
Wright's, Soho.