1773 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Gay

Danos, in "Verses on some late English Poets" Scots Magazine 35 (September 1773) 486.



To hear the ditties of JOHN GAY,
You'd laugh your very soul away;
A jocund bard, and free from guile,
As ever starv'd in Britain's isle.