1731 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Lewis Theobald

A Young Gentleman of Cambridge, in "The Modern Poets" Grub-Street Journal (18 November 1731).



See T— leaves the Lawyer's gainful train,
To wrack with poetry his tortur'd brain:
Fir'd, or not fir'd, to write resolves with rage,
And constant pores o'er SHAKESPEAR'S sacred page.
—Then starting cries, I something will be thought:
I'll write — then — boldly swear 'twas SHAKESPEAR wrote.
Strange! he in Poetry no forgery fears,
That knows so well in Law he'd lose his ears.