1731 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Gay

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



Yet for unstudied humour GAY shall please,
Who on the barren'st subject writes with ease,
When sense with manly voice his Mackheath sings,
Then SENESINO warbles but in vain;
And soft CUTZONA yields to POLLY'S strain.
His Art of Walking wrote in hum'rous verse,
Whilst to themselves the Lawyers Clerks rehearse,
Pleas'd, they no longer curse the dirty streat,
Forget their weary steps, and aching feet.