1707 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Philips

Edmund Smith, "Ragg's Verses to J. Philips" 1707 ca.; St. James's Chronicle (26 September 1775).



Aspicis hunc plantis qui fulcitur elephantis;
Quem genuit Bamton, quem moetia eduxerat Hampton.
Quem Wickam sovit sed non Wintonia novit.
Vir vere bellus, cui valde parvus ocellus.
Cui candclarum ritu fluit ordo comarum.
Cui chara est mamma, sed charius est epigramma.
Prudens legatus, licet haud ad praelia natus,
Surripit hic fartum, suadetq; resurgere smartum.
Mox vocat ad bellum, mox effugit arte duellum.
Qui dum non jurat, saltem sua corpora curat;
Vescitur et bobus dum tondet prata Jacobus.
Quem juvatet paetum facit et cerevisia laetum;
At vinum est summum possit si gignere nummum.
Mane vocat panes, cyathosq; relinquit inanes.
Et toga humum verrit, Albanaq; moenia terret.
Prandere absque olla gaudens, et scalpere colla
Trahere sermones, et tollere simmersones.*

Capt. Ragg was a Nick-name bestowed on Mr. Smith on Account of his uncommon Slovenliness.
* A Simmerson (as we are informed by an Antiquarian, whose Knowledge stops short of its Etymology) was the cant Term for a Beer-Measure, perhaps still in Vogue at some of the Colleges in the University of Oxford.