1812 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Adam Smith

Charles Caleb Colton, in Hypocrisy, a Satire (1812) 43-44 &n.



Unused am I the muse's path to tread,
And cursed with Adam's* unpoetic head;
Who, though that pen he wielded in his hand
Ordained the "wealth of nations" to command,
Yet, when on Helicon he dared to draw,
His draft returned, and unaccepted saw:
If then, like him, we woo the Nine in vain,
Like him we'll strive some humbler prize to gain.

* Adam Smith, the great author of the Wealth of Nations, could not draw for one farthing on Mount Parnassus. He often attempted to put together two lines in rhime; but without sucess. In good truth, he was much better employed.