1766 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. James Scott

Amiens Cantabrigiensis, "To Mr. Scott — on the Criticisms that have been published against the Perils of Poetry" St. James's Chronicle (13 March 1766).



When on the Vine's luxuriant Boughs,
With hungry Rage dull Asses brouze,
And try the generous Plant to wound;
Blossoms more sweet the Shoots produce,
And swell'd with more delicious Juice,
Are labouring Clusters found.

'Tis thus, O Scott, compell'd by Spite,
Poor nibbling Bards, with venom'd Bite,
Attempt to wound your polish'd Page
In vain! — new Beauties charm our Eyes,
And Sweets, before unnotic'd, rise
Triumphant o'er their Rage.