1788 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. John Wolcot

Anonymous, "Lines Addressed to Peter Pindar, 1788, on the frequent Repetition of his Abuse" Gentleman's Magazine 58 (June 1789) 555.



When first the Wanton on the town appears,
Her novel charms the giddy publick chears;
Their longing eyes the secret wish impart,
Ev'n wary Prudence hugs her — in his heart.
But meretricious, prostitute, and stale,
The publick loaths her, like a twice-told tale.

Thus Peter Pindar, and his Muse of fire,
We all (while charm'd with novelty) admire;
Each rapid reader approbation shews,
Ev'n Loyalty itself can yield applause,
But now Scurrility and Wit combine,
An hateful catch-penny in every line.