1786 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. John Wolcot

R. S., "To Peter Pindar, on his Ode to the Rev. Mr. Thomas Warton" Public Advertiser (31 May 1786).



Thus have I seen the snarling curs surround
The lordly bull, to bring him to the ground;
Their weak attack with high disdain he scorns,
Great in his strength, and powerful in his horns.
Avaunt, vile slanderer! with thy venom'd breath,
One line of Warton's crushes thee to death.
But what deserves the base, disloyal pen,
Which boldly dares prophane the best of men
And best of monarchs! Be his portion shame,
And doom'd to infamy his miscreant name.
Jan. 1, 1786.