1808 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Taylor the Water Poet

Anonymous, "Taylor the Water Poet" The Monthly Magazine 25 (May 1808) 332.



This eccentric man was a native of Gloucestershire. When he relinquished the oar, he kept a public house in Phoenix-alley, Long Acre, where, after the execution of Charles the First, he set up the sign of the mourning crown. This however he was speedily obliged to remove, and he then exhibited his own portrait, garnished with the following couplet.

There's many a king's head hang'd up for a sign,

And many a saint's head too, then why not mine?