1812 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. Erasmus Darwin

Charles Caleb Colton, in Hypocrisy, a Satire (1812) 14.



Nor can I, Darwin, tinsel o'er my rhimes,
To suit the tawdry taste of modern times,
Though Ladies weep in sentimental showers,
Their tears may not revive thy fading flowers.
Thy prize a tulip, honey thy pursuit,
Poor bee! Thou didst for blossom lose the fruit.