1785 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Warton

Anonymous, "Epigram, on the Licks at the Laureate" Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser (26 August 1785).



When Cibber wore the royal Bays of old,
His name among the DUNCES was enroll'd;
And yet he dar'd on Pope's immortal Muse
To pour his petty shafts of dull abuse:
But Warton, while he rivals Pope, at once is
The LAUREATE — and an Object of the DUNCES.