1789 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bp. Richard Hurd

Cacafago, "To the Prosaic and Metrical Critic, on Dr. Parr's Warburtonian Tracts" Stuart's Star (10 March 1789).



Doctor HURD! Doctor HURD!
'Tis well you're prefer'd,
Or PARR would have stopp'd you from rising:
Your prose is as dull
As of cavilling full,
But your verses, I own, are surprising.

'Tis in vain that you puff
Your cynical stuff,
And that of your Reverend Brother;
On shelves they must rot,
Completely forgot,
For one is as dead as the other.

Strive no more to shine
In the metrical line,
Unless you can write something better;
For as for your verse,
'Tis not worth a curse,
Tho' I know what to do with your letter.

To gripe and to twinge,
To oil and perstringe,
Is business familiar to PARR, Sir;
No further then go,
Lest again he should show
What a sneering old trifler you are, Sir.