1786 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Warton

R. S., "To Peter Pindar, on his Ode to the Rev. Mr. Thomas Warton" St. James's Chronicle (30 May 1786).



Thus have I seen the snarling Curs surround
The lordly Bull, to bring him to the Ground;
Their weak Attack with high Disdain he scorns,
Great in his Strength, and powerful in his Horns.

Avaunt, vile Slanderer! with thy venom'd Breath,
One Line of Warton's crushes thee to Death.

But What deserves the bast, disloyal Pen
Which boldly dares prophane the best of Men
And best of Monarchs? Be his Portion Shame,
And doom'd to Infamy his miscreant Name.
Jan. 1, 1786.