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

Sir Richard Blackmore

Anonymous, [On Blackmore's Job] 1700 ca.; Collection of Epigrams (1727) No. CDXXII.



Poor Job lost all the comforts of his life,
And hardly sav'd a potsherd and a wife;
Yet Job blest God, and Job again was blest,
His virtue was essay'd, and bore the test:
But had heav'ns wrath pour'd out its fiercest viol,
Had he been then burlesqu'd, without denial,
The patient man had yielded to that trial;
His pious spouse, with Bl—re on her side,
Must have prevail'd, and Job had curs'd, and dy'd.