1789 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. John Wolcot

Mrs. Boys, "The Ladies' Petition to Peter Pindar, Esq. on comparing the Beauties of his Pastoral with his Pindaric Essays" Stuart's Star (6 March 1789).



Pri'thee say, immortal PETER,
Why, in strains of such harsh meter,
Lov'st thou to tune the lyre?
While on thy lute's melodious note,
Such sweet, such soft vibrations float,
To hear — is to admire.

Luxuriant Bard! who thus with ease,
Alike can'st terrify or please,
'Gainst us thy shafts forbear;
Ah! let thy plaintive lays delight us,
Not with satyric numbers fright us,
We love not whom we fear.