1750 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Gibbons

Anonymous, "To Mr. M. Browne, on his Defence of the Rev. Mr. G—bb—ns's Poems" Gentleman's Magazine 20 (December 1750) 563.



Not Envy's self could more abuse
A Tully, or a Young;
Nor Maevius with severer muse
Depreciate Virgil's song.

Not Lauder's execrable spleen
Could Milton's fame asperse
With stronger satire, than thy pen
Has lash'd poor G—bb—n's verse.

'Twas spite, not praise, with Homer's name
To join the trivial lay;
How fades the lamp's expiring flame
Amidst surrounding day!