1695 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Richard Blackmore

Anonymous, "Upon King Arthur, partly writ in the Doctor's Coach, and partly in a Coffee-House" 1695 ca.; Collection of Epigrams (1727) No. CDXXXII.



Let the malicious criticks snarl and rail,
Arthur immortal is, and must prevail:
In vain they strive to wound him with their tongue,
The lifeless foetus can receive no wrong.
As rattling coach once thunder'd thro' the mire,
Out dropp'd abortive Arthur from his sire.
Well may he then both time and death defy,
For what was never born, can never die.