1763 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

David Mallet

Anonymous, "What's in a Name?" St. James's Chronicle (12 February 1763).



When MALLOCH left Scotland, the sweet bonny Youth
Was asham'd of a Sirname, which sounds so uncouth,
And thought, that South-Britons would rally't;
So the End of his Name did he daintily dock
Of its ugly, rough, harsh Termination in och,
And soften'd and smooth'd it to MALLET.
But why all this Fuss? and pray what's in a Name?
If a T—d you call Rose, it will still stink the same,
And all but Scotch Noses be shocked:
So, if BUTE were call'd BRUTE, he would still be polite,
And let MALLET, or MALLOCH, but talk, or but write,
He will still be a Coxcomb and Blockhead.