1800 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir James Bland Burges

Anonymous, in "The Shakesperian Hunt No. XVIII" The Oracle and the Daily Advertiser (3 January 1800).



AUTHOR.
A very comely Knight; a Gentleman well vers'd in Courtly Arts, and bearing place amid the Rulers of our Land. He hath felt the rhyming Itch, and doth conceit himself the Paragon of Poets. But we will judgment pass upon his merits according as his sapient censure shall disprove, or breath force on the forged Mass [of Ireland's Shakespeare Papers]—

Those who the judgment of mankind defy
Shou'd by mankind be scann'd with wary eye.

SIR J*M*S BL*ND B*RG*SS.
Some sages have with nods and meaning shrugs
With half-fledg'd phrases, and mysterious hems,
Bad me beware. I thank their kindness much;
Yet more were I beholden had they left
Decision to myself. For who than I,
More able to adjudge in cause like this?
I, in whose breast the subtle Statesman's art
With Apollonian fire is link'd — Avaunt!
I heed not their foul prating — I defy
Their deep designings. Lo! I have perus'd,
And will unceasingly the scroll avouch—
Nor shall the babbling whispers o'er the world
E're blanch my soul with fear, for I am one
Suspicion-proof, and one that's thus convinc'd
Should boldly Envy's barbed shaft defy,
And in the fix'd resolve to live and die.