1767 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Gay

Anonymous, in "The Pleasures of Reading" Scots Magazine 29 (June 1767) 313.



In books I never fail to find,
A banquet for the hungry mind.
From busy scenes I oft elope,
To chat with Addison and Pope:
Whene'er I'm in a merry mood,
Swift's pieces always do me good;
And often much delight I feel,
From the arch strokes of sprightly Steel.
When I am in a grumbling way,
I vent my spleen with fretful Gay;
Who, with a true Horatian spirit,
Attacks the foes to shining merit.
From him I learn this useful hint;
"A great man's nod has nothing in't."