1786 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edmund Burke

Anonymous, "For the Public Advertiser" Public Advertiser (23 March 1786).



My good Master B—ke,
What ridiculous work
Have you and your friends undertaken;
'Tis foolish to knock
Your heads 'gainst a rock
That can neither be broken or shaken.

It seems you inherit
Th' Hibernian spirit,
For ever in quest of adventure;
Let a quarrel begin,
And you're sure to be in,
No matter on which side you enter.

In haste to accuse,
Not a moment you lose
To bestow on the subject a thought;
You charge with a crime,
And then ask for time
To search for and fix and some fault.