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. CDXXXI.



When Job contending with the devil I saw,
It did my wonder, but not pity, draw;
For I concluded, that, without some trick,
A saint at any time could match Old Nick.

Next came a fiercer fiend upon his back,
I mean his spouse, stunning him with her clack;
But still I could not pity him, as knowing
A crab-tree cudgel soon would send her going.

But when the quack engag'd with Job I spy'd,
The lord have mercy on poor Job, I cry'd;
What spouse and satan did attempt in vain,
The quack will compass with his murd'ring pen,
And on a dunghill leave poor Job again:
With impious doggrel he'll pollute his theme,
And make the saint, against his will, blaspheme.