1782 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Chatterton

Oliver, "The Deans of Exeter, or Rowley-Powley" Public Advertiser (2 April 1782).



I wish my Deans, quoth Exeter,
Less learned, or more lucky were,
With all my Heart and Soul.
Dean Lyttelton, the other Day,
Threw much deep Argument away
Upon a favourite "Roll."

But vain a Predecessor's Blunder;
Not late Example can keep under
The Prowess of the Holy!
Spite of internal Evidence,
Of Warton's Wit, and Tyrrwoit's Sense,
Dean Milles must have his Rowl-ey.