1782 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edward Burnaby Greene

Anonymous, "The Remonstrance of Mr. Bryant, on an unintelligible Pamphlet being published in his Defence by Mr. E. B. Greene" Gentleman's Magazine 52 (June 1782) 303.



Says B—t to B—by, What do you mean?
The cause of old Rowley you've ruin'd quite clean.
I had taught folk to think, by my learned farrago,
That Drydens and Popes wrote three centuries ago.
Though they star'd at my comments, and sometimes might slumber,
Yet the truth they might fancy beneath all my lumber.
But your stupid jargon is seen through instanter,
And your works give the wits new subjects for banter.
Such clear obscure aid may I meet again never!
For now M—s and I shall be laugh'd at for ever.