1766 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Richard Graves

Anonymous, "On reading a Collection of Epigrams, lately published" St. James's Chronicle (25 January 1766).



In Martial, Wit and Harmony combine,
To make, with glaring Ray, the Poet shine;
But his smooth tuneful Measures oft conceal
A Sting, whose Wounds no future Salves can heal;
And the young Mind with equal Thought will view
The Wit, and th' Indelicacy too.

In Greaves the just and polish'd Turn we praise,
Like Harmony and Wit in chaster Lays;
While Martial combats Modesty and Truth,
Wounds the chaste Ear of the ingenuous Youth,
And makes in wanton Mood poor Nature smart;
Greaves laughs at Vice alone, and mends the Heart.
There praise the Wit and Poet all you can,
But here the Wit, the Poet, and the Man.