1790 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edmund Burke

Anonymous, "On hearing that Mr. Burke is bringing out a Pamphlet, and Boswell a Tragedy" Public Advertiser (24 March 1790).



Sure Britain's Isle will seem prodigious fierce,
Burke in wild prose, and Boswell in wild verse.
Burke's blank verse the Tory flame will wake,
And Boswell's boisterous verse make Frenchmen quake.
Thanks to the Gods! Old England's sons are clear,
'Tis Teague and Sawney who will thus appear.