1782 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Chatterton

Anonymous, "For the Gentleman's Magazine" Gentleman's Magazine 52 (June 1782) 303.



Still, Chatterton! Rowley, and Milles, and old Bryant!
Will you never have done, Mr. Urban? O ne on't!
All methods of cooking, to dress them you've try'd,
You have roasted and boil'd them, and bak'd them and fry'd.
You have stew'd, fricasseed, and have broil'd them beside!
'Tis time to give o'er, for what can avail
The best season'd sauce, when the meat is quite stale?
The dish that was once in such very high favour,
Believe me, my friend, has now lost all its flavour.