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

Sir Richard Blackmore

Anonymous, "To the Author of the Satyr against Wit, concealing his Name" 1700 ca.; Collection of Epigrams (1727) No. CDXXXIII.



He that in Arthur's trash has penance done,
Need not be told who writ this vile lampoon,
In both, the same eternal dulness shines,
Inspires the thoughts, and animates the lines:
In both, the same lewd flattery we find,
The praise defaming, and the satyr kind;
Alike the numbers, fashion, and design,
No chequer tallies could more nicely join:
Thy foolish muse puts on her mask too late,
We know the strumpet by her voice and gate.