1736 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Jane Brereton

Rusticus, "Prize-Epigram 2" Gentleman's Magazine 6 (March 1736) 162.



In more than one good monarch's reign,
Britain has been bewitch'd 'tis plain:
But now no restless spirit frights;
Spectre and Daemon are mere bites.
No mortal the black man surprises;
And men in black free thought despises.
Scotland from second sight is clear:
There's scarce a witch in Lancashire.
Merlin's confin'd, no wizard's charge;
Only Melissa charms at large.