1720 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Richard Blackmore

Anonymous, "On Sir Richard Blackmore" 1720 ca.; The Festoon: a Collection of Epigrams (1766) 54.



I charge thee, knight, in great Apollo's name,
If thou'rt not dead to all reproof or shame,
Either thy rhymes, or clysters, to disclaim.
Both are too much, our feeble brain to rack;
Besides, the bard will soon undo the quack;
Such shoals of readers thy damn'd fustian kills,
Thou'lt scarce leave one alive to take thy pills.