1700 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Richard Blackmore

Anonymous, [On Blackmore and Dryden] 1700 ca.; Collection of Epigrams (1727) No. CDXIX.



Let Blackmore still, in good king Arthur's vein,
To Fleckno's empire his just right maintain;
Let him his own to common sense oppose,
With praise and slander maul both friend and foes;
Let him great Dr-d-n's aweful name prophane,
And learned G-rth with envious pride disdain;
Codron's bright genius with vile puns lampoon,
And run a muck at all the wits in town;
Let the quack scribble any thing but bills,
His satyr wounds not, but his physick kills.