1799 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Francis Godolphin Waldron

Anonymous, in "The Shakesperian Hunt No. XII" The Oracle and the Daily Advertiser (6 December 1799).



Why 'tis known of young and old that I am titled Burleigh; yea, they call me Critic Burleigh; but then my wisdomship, they tell me, shows marvelously bright in silence. — Let me see, I'm one amid the gaping crowd that would these relicks view [William Henry Ireland's Shakespeare forgeries]. Yet, marry, wherefore came I? I have no voice in this affair; my worthier stagemen have instructed me, so willy nilly, I am Mum. Mass, now bethink me, I myself will write a play. — It shall be called Polonius's Noosle; an excellent conceit, I' faith; marry, and I'll be Critic too; I'll wisely damn, unseen, this vaunted treasure, for well I know those behind the Curtain that will reward me for't.