1801 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Christopher Anstey

Alexander Thomson, in The British Parnassus, at the Close of the Eighteenth Century (1801) 51-52 &n.



It is true, that the interval now is so long,
Since the BLUNDERHEADS figur'd in ANSTEY'S gay Song,
Since the pleasures of BATH with such spirit he sung,
And the numbers so merrily danc'd on his tongue,
Since which he has ventur'd no second display,
That he scarcely belongs to the Corps of To-day.

The entertaining Letters of the New Bath Guide, are dated so early as 1766; another production of the same kind, the Election Ball, belongs also to Anstey; since which the Humorous Muse of that gentleman, to the regret of all his readers, has been totally silent.