1778 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

David Hume

Anonymous, "On the late David Hume's Pension being granted to the Writer of the Morning Post [Henry Bate]" General Advertiser and Morning Intelligencer (15 July 1778).



When DRYDEN'S laurel to MAC FLECNO came,
Minerva hung her head, with conscious shame;
But soon the rising glories of THAT reign,
And MARLBRO'S arms, fir'd all her tuneful train.
See DAVID'S meed to paltry B— descend!
Fame sounds her trumpet at the nether end.
The meed of wit and learning, taste and sense,
Rewards low ribbald lies, and impudence;
Pallas herself turn'd satyr, laughs outright—
"Battles like thine, great George Germaine may fight—
Triumphs like thine dull parson B— may write!"