1771 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Joseph Trapp

Anonymous, "Extempore, on reading Trapp's Virgil" Town and Country Magazine 3 (November 1771) 608.



I mourn the hardships which Aeneas bore
Before he reach'd Italia's fertile shore.
Was't not enough to see his friends expire,
And force his way thro' horrid floods of fire;
To be, in summer's heat, or winter's frost,
From clime to clime o'er raging billows tost?
But why must he, ye gods! for all his pains
Rewarded be with Trapp's reviling strains?