1764 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Langhorne

M. L., "To the Author of An Address to Dulness [William Woty], in the last Poetical Magazine" Lloyd's Evening Post (16 August 1764) 362.



TYWO, by critic rod disgrac'd;
But not one whit amended,
Suspecting L—e's well known taste,
By ev'ry Muse befriended;

Sore vow'd revenge, rag'd, stamp'd, and swore,
And in his anger's fulness,
Call'd upon each immortal power:
Yet none would hear but Dulness.

Propitious to her Fav'rite's cry,
She from the clouds descended;
But all she could, was — *"Oh my eye!"
And there her satire ended.

Thrice happy Bard! whose friends and foes,
Alike conspire to crown thee;
When sons of Genius deck thy brows,
Or Dulness' brats disown thee.

* Though these were the concluding words of the libel, the Epigrammatist confesses he stands in need of an apology for contaminating sacred Poesy, with materials raked out of the dust-cart.