1791 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

David Hume

Francis Garden, in "Sketches of celebrated Characters" Miscellanies in Prose and Verse (1791) 223-24.



Some folks imagine pious H—,
Attain'd to Virtue's highest pitch:
They had been silent, I presume,
But that the wrangler died so rich;
The press, when that's the case, abounds
With "dulcet and harmonious sounds."

His lively periods may procure
Attention to the end of time;
But, will the world, for such a lure,
Forget chicanery's a crime?
This prince of sceptics scarce could tell,
Why china shiver'd when it fell!