1778 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edmund Burke

Anonymous, "Extempore on reading the Debates in the Lower House last Week" St. James's Chronicle (16 April 1778).



True! B—ke and B—re have no Land,
Tho' foremost in the noisy Band,—
Their Tropes are all their Pelf:
Ev'n F—x, the Tully of our Isle,
Has not of dirty Ploughman's Soil,
Enough to earth himself.

Hence by no private Passions bound,
A Foe as much to native Ground,
As he's a Friend to Jew.
As here he sunk a Mine of Gold,
He hates the Name of England Old,
And dotes upon the New.