1780 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edmund Burke

Anonymous, in Public Advertiser (12 February 1780).



With Periods round, whilst frothy B—ke,
In House of Commons makes such Work,
His Meaning is a Place;
By Fortune driv'n to Want's last Bourne,
Which ever Way her Wheel may turn,
Can't well but mend his Case.

But when R—ck—ngh—m the Lord,
Whose Bags with Plutus' Wealth are stor'd,
Submits to be his Tool;
What Judgment can the Public have,
But that, as Edm—nd plays the Knave,
His Lordship acts the Fool!