1778 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Dodd

M. Macgreggor, Esq., in "The Battle of the Busts" Hibernian Magazine 8 (April 1778) 195.



Hey! who have we here? Lo! on tip toe he comes,
As he walks on his toes, he may sit on his thumbs;
Whether dead or alive there's no mortal can tell,
As he slipp'd through a noose betwixt heav'n and hell;
Observe how he looks, like a sanctified prig,
A corded Adonis with colliflower'd wig,
A niche he demands as a servant of God,
If the devil don't come to demand Doctor Dodd.