1779 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Richard Cumberland

Thalia, "For the Public Advertiser" Public Advertiser (1 February 1779).



As CUMBY Cumbers not the Land with Verse,
I fear the doughty Bard is in his Herse;
For nought but Death's chill Hand could stop the Rills,
Which Cumby's diuretic Muse distills.
But, if he's dead, 'tis Comfort still to ME,
That we've a hundred Bards as good as he.